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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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     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

Panelists:
- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

Robyn Merrick will host.
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