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Ron Wilson
ACLU of Louisiana

Ron Wilson is currently an attorney with Scheuermann & Jones L.L.C. Since graduating from law school, Ron Wilson has been engaged in the private practice of law – primarily public interest and civil rights litigation. He is a cooperating attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, handling primarily employment and voting rights cases, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, litigating Establishment Clause cases.

He has litigated numerous cases in the areas of housing discrimination, employment discrimination, school desegregation, voting rights, police misconduct, prison conditions, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, freedom of association, due process of law and equal protection. He has prepared and/or assisted in the preparation of briefs submitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He was one of the attorneys of record in Edwards v. Aguillard, 107 S.Ct. 2573, in which the Louisiana Creation Science law was declared unconstitutional, and Chisom v. Roemer, 111 S.Ct. 2334 (1991), in which the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1973, et seq., was held applicable to judicial elections.

He has been appeared panelist and/or lecturer at numerous continuing legal education seminars, discussing trends and developments in the law, particularly in the areas of employment discrimination, police misconduct, voting rights, and ethics. In addition, he has served as an adjunct faculty at the University of New Orleans, in the Department of Political Science.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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