Burns named ‘Bicentennial Citizen’ recipient

Last Updated on May 9, 2016 by cassnetwork

bicentennialA local judge who is one of the few people ever to coach a state championship team in Cass County is this week’s Logansport Bicentennial Citizen of the Week.

Leo Burns has been known for practicing law in Logansport for several years before he was elected to the first of two terms on the Cass Circuit Court bench. But during his career as a deputy city attorney while practicing with Logansport’s Kelly Leeman, he coached the Pioneer High School Mock Trial Team to a state championship.

“It’s to his credit that one Pioneer student not only participated in the mock trial competition, but went on to become a practicing attorney,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “What he did represents a perfect example of how people in different fields can foster career aspirations in young people. The fact that he was able to secure the first team championship for Pioneer is a testament to his volunteerism and his love of the law.”

Burns first came to Indiana from Pennsylvania when he entered Purdue University. He and his wife, Lucy, a Southeastern School Corporation teacher, reside in Logansport.

The judge, who is a member of the Cass County 2016 Bicentennial Oversight Committee, will receive an Indiana state flag and a certificate from the city.

The award is presented weekly during 2016 to recognize local residents or natives who have brought state or national recognition to Logansport.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell

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