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Panelist Bio

Keith Stutes
District Attorney, 15th Judicial District, Lafayette

Keith Stutes is the District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District of the State of Louisiana, serving the parishes of Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion. Prior to his election in 2014, Stutes served as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) for 28 years, working as chief felony drug prosecutor for eight years, from 1986 to 1994, and as chief of Felony Section II until his retirement in September 2012. During his time as an ADA, he was lead prosecutor in more than 75 felony jury trials, including six capital murder trials. Stutes also worked as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana from 1990 to 1992 and served as court magistrate for the Mayor's Court in Scott for 12 years, from 1983 to 1995.

Stutes served as an instructor at the Acadiana Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) and is an Adjunct Professor teaching “Introduction to Criminal Justice” at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Keith has been a member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association since 1984. He served as President of the Assistant District Attorneys Section in 1993-94 and on the Board of Directors from 1993 to 1995.

Keith and his wife Carolyn (Prejean) live in Lafayette. They have two married daughters, Aimee and Erin, and three granddaughters.

Current Topic

     01/18 - Early Education Matters

Should early childhood education be a priority?
It’s estimated that issues with early childhood education cost the state economy more than $1 billion per year. Business professionals and politicians agree that there is a severe lack of access to high-quality child care in the state. But with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, can funds be found to make this a priority?

Louisiana School Finder, a first-of-its-kind performance guide on early care and education centers is a useful tool for parents seeking care for their children. Can it also be a mechanism to improve performance? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Early Education Matters” January 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:

· Melanie Bronfin, La. Policy Institute for Children

· Rep. Stephen Carter, R-Baton Rouge; Education Committee

· Stephen Waguespack, La. Assoc. of Business & Industry

· Supt. John White, La. Dept. of Education

Barry Erwin, CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderates the discussion.

The program includes interviews with Belinda Creel Davis, Ph.D., with the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and co-author of the Losing Ground study of childcare issues and workforce productivity in Louisiana; Melinda George, Child Care Assistance Manager with the La. Dept. of Education; Brigitte Nieland, V.P. for Workforce and Education for the La. Assoc. of Business & Industry: and Shawanda Jefferson, a mother whose improved employment status has put her Child Care Assistance Program benefits in jeopardy.
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