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Panelist Bio


Lewis O. Unglesby
Baton Rouge Trial Attorney

Lewis Unglesby practices in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense, specializing in jury trials. He has argued over 25 cases in the Louisiana Supreme Court and won over 40 verdicts exceeding $1,000,000.00. He was the youngest person named a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both criminal and civil law. He is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America in five different categories of practice for the last 25 years, selected in the top 50 lawyers in the personal injury field in Super Lawyers, chosen best criminal lawyer in Louisiana in 2010, and chose best white collar criminal lawyer in 2012. Martindale-Hubbell rates his firm in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996, and he has been selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in the United States since 2008.

Unglesby is an avid hunter and owns many guns. He believes in reasonable restrictions on gun ownership.

Unglesby has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN and numerous national radio shows. His career has been featured by The Times-Picayune, The Shreveport Times, The Morning Advocate, Gannett news service, Tiger Rag and the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Unglesby joined what was then LTLA now the Association of Justice while in law school in 1973 and has served in various positions in the organization since that time.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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