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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.

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     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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