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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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