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Panelist Bio


M. "Bo: Duhé
District Attorney, 16th Judicial District

Bo Duhé is the District Attorney for the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office covers St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes.

Bo was born and raised in New Iberia. His father is John M. Duhe, Jr., a former attorney in New Iberia, State District Judge and a Federal District and 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s Judge. His mother, Dawn Hebert.

Bo graduated in 1980 from Catholic High School in New Iberia and graduated from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette in 1984 with a General Business degree.

Thereafter Bo worked from 1984 to 1989 as a Special Assets Officer for two savings and loans in Lafayette. In 1989 Bo enrolled in Tulane University graduating in 1992 with a law degree.

After graduation, Bo was a law clerk for Judge Buddy Fleming in the 16th Judicial District. On August 1, 1993 Bo began working for the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s office. His primary duties involved prosecution of major felony crimes.

He is married to Lisa Trahan Duhé and they have three children.

Bo took office as the District Attorney on January 12, 2015 having run unopposed.

AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Acadiana Criminalistics Laboratory Commission Executive Committee
• Louisiana District Attorney Association Legislative Committee
• Louisiana District Attorney Association Technology Committee
• Louisiana District Attorney Juvenile Justice Task Force
• Evangeline Area Boy Scout Council – Iberia Parish Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award – 2015
• Member of the Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force – 2016-2017

Current Topic


     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square 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.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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