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September/October 2007 , Page 8 

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By Jack King

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Houston Attorney Jim E. Lavine Receives NACDL's Top Award

Jim E. Lavine, a noted criminal defense attorney in Houston, Texas, was awarded the 27th annual Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at the association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 4. Established in 1981 to honor NACDL’s 18th President, Robert C. Heeney, the award is the most prestigious honor given by the association and is awarded annually to one criminal defense attorney who personally and professionally best exemplifies the goals and values of the association and the legal profession.

The award was made by outgoing NACDL President Martin S. (Marty) Pinales, with the advice and consent of a group of former Heeney recipients. When presenting the award, President Pinales remarked that Lavine had the unanimous acclaim of the nominators. Lavine, surprised and visibly emotional, said he was honored and humbled by receiving the award, especially

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