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Panelist Bio


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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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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