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To The Editor:

I have had the pleasure to work with Judge Thomas Bertrand on many occasions and in several different capacities over the past fifteen years. Mr. Bertrand is a town judge for the town of Morristown, a past Border Patrol officiate with Homeland Security as well as a greatly respected community member.

Judge Bertrand is an extraordinary person. His work is exceptional, timely and always beyond which is required; his research is exceedingly thorough, his observations and questions on the bench reflect a depth of preparation and sound analysis for every case he hears. He has strong leadership, communication and investigative skills. He serves in many capacities for the Unified Court System. He contributes positively to each situation with authority and confidence, and has excellent human relations skills. Judge Bertrand’s record with the court system and the legal community is outstanding.

Mr. Bertrand has an ability to formulate therapeutic solutions to complex client cases. He can determine directions for appropriate services and interventions for a diverse range of individuals. His assessment competencies are also well developed and he is familiar with a wide range of adjudicative instruments for individuals with various legal needs.

He is also well known regionally for his mediation skills in St. Lawrence County courts. He is frequently called upon to handle the more difficult or delicate cases; he does this with great skill. Tom is that rare person who generates trust; he listens and attends to clients while gathering pertinent information. His extensive legal background and experience coupled with his caring attitude and genuine concern for all parties enables him to facilitate win-win situations. He works effectively with others in accomplishing challenging projects. He assumes a full measure of responsibility for tasks and has a willingness to teach, support and encourage other persons. His ability to rapidly analyze and evaluate material is particularly useful in group endeavors and this skill serves him well in any court room situation.

On a personal level, Tom is simply a delightful person. He has a joy in living that is a pleasure to observe. People are attracted to Tom due to his positive outlook on life and his good sense of humor. Many appealing qualities come to my mind when I think about Judge Bertrand: perceptive, intelligent, thoughtful, benevolent, and compassionate. He also has a keen ability to empathize with others and to demonstrate a remarkable degree of warmth and kindness.

I recommend Tom Bertrand without reservation to his continued future professional endeavor as judge for Morristown Town Court. I highly recommend him for judicial service to the courts. He is a very, very special person who has a “human touch” and excels at all that he does.

Diana C. Dufresne

Massena

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