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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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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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