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TJSL Graduate Promoted to Marine Corps Brigadier General

January 2, 2013

Brigadier General Paul Lebidine '97, Marine Corps Reserve

Thomas Jefferson School of Law graduate Paul Lebidine ’97 was recently confirmed to the rank of Brigadier General in the Marine Corps Reserve.  He is currently in charge of the Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, located in New Orleans, LA.  He is responsible for 2500 Active and Reserve Marines in units across the country, and 60,000 Marines that have been transferred off active duty and are inactive in the reserves, while finishing their service contracts.     

Brigadier General Lebidine served during Desert Shield/Storm, 3 tours in Iraq, and a tour in Afghanistan.  His personal decorations include (2) Legion of Merits, (3) Bronze Stars and (2) Combat Action Ribbons.

“The promotion allows me the opportunity to continue to serve and contribute to the Marine Corps and our country during very complex times,” said General Lebidine.  “Ultimately, it is about leading and working with young men and women, and creating a learning environment in which they leave the Marine Corps better Americans ready to face the future challenges that are in front of them.”     

Brigadier General Lebidine believes his law degree from TJSL has served him well during his career in the Marine Corps.

“TJSL exposed me to some superior professors that highlighted critical thinking and expanded my ability to appreciate other points of view, which has made me a more effective advocate for what I believe in both in my military and personal life,” he said.

Congratulations from everyone in the TJSL family!