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Franz Borghardt
Chair, LA Law Enforcement Body Camera Implementation Task Force

Franz Borghardt practices criminal defense and civil rights law in Louisiana federal, state and municipal courts. He is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and the Trial Lawyers College. He is a member of the NACDL, the LACDL, and the National College of DUI Defense. He is a CJA Panel Member for the Federal Middle District of Louisiana. He has previously been employed as a felony assistant in the East Baton Rouge Office of Public Defender and the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office. He additionally consults on jury selection. He has presented CLE’s in the areas of jury selection, domestic violence, criminal law topics, and a seminar for law enforcement officers. He has written published articles on criminal law topics, cell phone search and seizure, jury selection, and social media.

Franz was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising star in 2013 and 2014 and is AV rated through Martindale Hubbell. He serves as a member of the Louisiana Public Defender Board and the East Baton Rouge Alcohol Beverage Control Board. He is on the Louisiana Legislature Law Enforcement Body Camera committee and serves as chair of the taskforce. He is a graduate of the Paul M. Hebert LSU Law School. He received his undergraduate degrees from Louisiana State University and graduated from Catholic High School.

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     06/18 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?  (ENCORE)

Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?
For decades Louisiana has proclaimed itself as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” But for today’s hunters, changes to Louisiana’s landscape have caused a decline in the quality of the state’s deer habitat and smaller game. For coastal fishermen, private property rights often unduly restrict access to waters that are considered public in any other state.

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