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Panelist Bio


Robert E. Kleinpeter
Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ)

Robert E. Kleinpeter is a partner in Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg, L.L.C., a firm that serves clients in the fields of trial litigation and appellate practice. He is Past President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), and currently serves on its Executive Committee. The association is committed to preserving the civil justice system, protecting open access to courts, protecting individual rights, promoting individual and corporate responsibility, and preserving the highest of ethical and educational standards for the profession.

As former LAJ president, Mr. Kleinpeter helped guide the association through the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He assisted the legal community in its response to problems created by the hurricanes, providing testimony in favor of legislation which protected the public's rights, especially in the areas of insurance law and civil procedure.

Mr. Kleinpeter’s practice is focused on the prosecution of cases involving unsafe work practices, unsafe products, and serious harm. He has been admitted as counsel pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions across the nation and litigated suits to verdict in several states. Mr. Kleinpeter has written for the Bureau of National Affairs’ Toxic Law Reporter, he is the author of the Louisiana chapter for Matthew Bender & Co.’s Environmental Practice Guide, and his recent article on jury selection was the first publication accepted by the Louisiana Law Review’s on-line Forum. He frequently contributes articles on practice areas to a variety of state and local publications.

Mr. Kleinpeter is on the Board of Governors and a member of Leader’s Forum of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is a Fellow in AAJ’s National College of Advocacy, and a member of the Roscoe Pound Institute and Public Justice. He lectures on a wide variety of topics for AAJ; LAJ; federal, state, and local bar associations; law schools; testifies before legislative committees; and is frequently interviewed by national and local print and electronic media as a source for current legal issues. After admission to LSU Honors College, he graduated in political science and earned a J.D. degree from the university in 1976.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

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.
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