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Capt. Leduc wins Burton Award.

U.S. Army Capt. Patrick N. Leduc was awarded the 2000 Clayton B. Burton Award of Excellence at the Annual Military Law and Legal Assistance Symposium in Miami last month.

Capt. Leduc, a member of The Florida Bar, is currently serving as the chief of the Legal Assistance Division, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. He is responsible for managing an office that provides extensive legal services to a population of well over 140,000 active duty service members, retirees, and their families. As part of its jurisdiction, Capt. Leduc's office is the sole Army provider of legal assistance services for Florida.

"Capt. Leduc clearly embodies the attributes covered by the Burton Award," said Brig. Gen. Joseph F.H. Peterson, who nominated Leduc for the award. "Under his leadership, our division's legal services have dramatically improved. He expanded legal assistance hours of operation for notaries and powers of attorney with no commensurate increase in staff."

Capt. Leduc also reduced waiting time for legal assistance appointments to less than three days, bettering the Army standard by two days, Brig. General Peterson said. During his tenure, Capt. Leduc also has implemented office standard operating procedures and created a guidebook for the training of newly assigned attorneys.

"These innovations have enabled his staff to achieve a higher level of competence in a much quicker time frame, thereby directly benefiting his clients," Peterson said. "He manages an aggressive preventive law program that includes media coverage and reaches out to remote and retiree populations."

The office's tax center, assisting more than 25,000 clients last year, was selected by the Internal Revenue Service as the best Volunteer Income Tax Program in the Southeastern United States.

"Through his personal efforts, the quality, of legal services provided to Florida clients has improved immeasurably," Gen. Peterson said. "During the past year alone, Capt. Leduc personally assisted over 100 military personnel who were either assigned in the State of Florida or citizens thereof on a wide range of legal assistance matters."
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Date:Feb 15, 2000
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