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Panelist Bio


Robert E. Kleinpeter
Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ)

Robert E. Kleinpeter is a partner in Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg, L.L.C., a firm that serves clients in the fields of trial litigation and appellate practice. He is Past President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), and currently serves on its Executive Committee. The association is committed to preserving the civil justice system, protecting open access to courts, protecting individual rights, promoting individual and corporate responsibility, and preserving the highest of ethical and educational standards for the profession.

As former LAJ president, Mr. Kleinpeter helped guide the association through the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He assisted the legal community in its response to problems created by the hurricanes, providing testimony in favor of legislation which protected the public's rights, especially in the areas of insurance law and civil procedure.

Mr. Kleinpeter’s practice is focused on the prosecution of cases involving unsafe work practices, unsafe products, and serious harm. He has been admitted as counsel pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions across the nation and litigated suits to verdict in several states. Mr. Kleinpeter has written for the Bureau of National Affairs’ Toxic Law Reporter, he is the author of the Louisiana chapter for Matthew Bender & Co.’s Environmental Practice Guide, and his recent article on jury selection was the first publication accepted by the Louisiana Law Review’s on-line Forum. He frequently contributes articles on practice areas to a variety of state and local publications.

Mr. Kleinpeter is on the Board of Governors and a member of Leader’s Forum of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a Fellow in AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, and a member of the Roscoe Pound Institute and Public Justice. He lectures on a wide variety of topics for AAJ; LAJ; federal, state, and local bar associations; law schools; testifies before legislative committees; and is frequently interviewed by national and local print and electronic media as a source for current legal issues. After admission to LSU Honors College, he graduated in political science and earned a J.D. degree from the university in 1976.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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