Chuck Finney

Host, Your Legal Rights

Chuck Finney has been an attorney for over 40 years and currently works with the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office as a Deputy District Attorney in the Consumer & Environmental Protection Unit.  In 2011, Chuck celebrated his 30th year in public radio.  Chuck's greatest supporter of his public radio career has been his wife Joanne Roney Carpenter, a retired attorney. 

Ways to Connect

Veterans Day -- A discussion of scams affecting the public at large & targeting Veterans in particular.
Our guest for Nov. 11 will be Joseph Rideout, the Manager of Consumer Services, for Consumer Action, the National Consumer Advocacy and Educational Organization.  
Listeners with questions for Chuck & Joseph, please call 1-866-798-8255.
 

A discussion of Workers' Compensation Insurance fraud, Automobile Insurance fraud, and Health and Disability Insurance fraud.
Guests: Michael Wendler, Deputy District Attorney In Charge of the Insurance Fraud Unit, and Inspector Richard Hong, of the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
Listeners with questions for Chuck & his guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.

The State Bar's "Kids & The Law" Consumer Guide for parents regarding laws focusing on children & youth.
Guests: Bob Perez, a former Assistant Executive Director of the State Bar and now Legal Reviewer of the State Bar's Consumer Guides; Jeff Hayden, California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, and the President of the San Mateo County Bar Assn.; and Andrew Cain, Supervising Attorney, Legal Advocates for Children & Youth, the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Landlord/Tenant Laws/Disputes/Issues.
Guests: Landlord/Tenant attorneys -- James Coy Driscoll and Salvatore Timpano.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests on-the-air, please call 1-866-798-8255.
Also, this Wednesday, October 21st, we will host a Call-A-Lawyer Night dedicated to landlord/tenant issues only. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts, 7 'til 8pm, 91.7 FM (online kalw.org), attorneys are on-hand off-the-air for private/no-fee consultation on landlord/tenant laws, issues, and disputes: 1-800-525-9917.
 

California Criminal Law -- A discussion of recent reforms reshaping California's Criminal Justice System: Public Safety Realignment (reducing prison crowding); Proposition 47 (changing six low-level nonviolent crimes from felonies to misdemeanors); and Proposition 36 (changing California's Three Strikes Law).

Using Mediation to resolve disputes and civil lawsuits.
Guests: Mediators with San Francisco Bar Association Mediation Services Program.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
Plus, this Wednesday, September 30, is also a special Call-A-Mediator Night -- while Your Legal Rights broadcasts on 91.7 FM (online kalw.org) from 7 'til 8pm, specialists will be standing by off-the-air for private consultations on mediation procedures and questions, no-fee, 1-800-525-9917.

The Drones Are Coming/the Drones Are Here -- a discussion of the issues of Safety, Commercial Use, Privacy, and Public Trust.
Guest: Edward Page, a Criminal Trial Advocate Certified by the National Board of Trial  Advocacy, Commercial Pilot, and Flight Instructor.
Listeners with questions for Chuck & Edward Page, please call 1-866-798-8255.

Employment Law: New Paid Sick Leave Law Issues.
Guests: Employment Law attorneys -- Chaya Mandelbaum and Jonathan Judge.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
 

Landlord/tenant laws, issues, and disputes.
Guests: Landlord/tenant attorneys -- Marc Seidenfeld and Sal Timpano.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.

A Discussion of the State Bar's publication "SENIORS & THE LAW: A Guide For Maturing Californians" funded by the California Bar Foundation.
Guests: Colleen McAvoy and Peter Stern, Certified Specialists in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law, by the California Board of Legal Specialization.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.

Family Law -- Recent California Supreme Court Decision Regarding Date of Separation and Earnings of Spouses.
Guest: B J Fadem, a Specialist in Family Law who is Certified by the California Board of Legal  Specialization of the State Bar.
Listeners with questions for Chuck & his guest, please call 1-866-798-8255.

Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished?
Guests: Mike Farrell, President of Death Penalty Focus, a national organization; Tara Knight,  Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; and Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County District Attorney and Second Vice-President of the  California District attorneys Association.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.

A discussion of the Supreme Court's constitutional right of same-sex marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and the dissenters' arguments that the decision threatens democracy and religious liberty.
Guests: Janet Lee Frankel, a Specialist in Family Law certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar; and Myron Moskovitz, Professor of Law Emeritus at Golden Gate University in Constitutional Law, and appellate law practitioner.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
 

Mediation of Labor & Employment Law cases and disputes.
Guests:  Labor & Employment Law attorneys Mark Rudy and Lisa Klerman who now specialize as Mediators. Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
Also, this Wednesday, July 29, is our monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts on 91.7 FM (online kalw.org), attorneys are available 7 'til 8pm for off-the-air for private/no-fee consultation on a wide variety of legal issues: 1-800-525-9917.

Family Law: Biblical Mediation/Conflict Coaching for Couples in Divorce or Trouble.
Guests: John Thomas, a Certified Family Law Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; and Kimberly Thomas, a Mediator and Co-conciliator for mediations and conflict coaching of couples in divorce/trouble.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
 

Landlord/tenant laws, issues, and disputes.
Guests: James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld, landlord/tenant attorneys, and Robin Levine, a hearing officer for federal Section 8 Housing voucher disputes filed with the San Francisco Housing Authority. Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests on-the-air, please call 1-866-798-8255.

Update on Workers Compensation Laws and Issues.
Guests: Lester Friedman, Management Chair of the California Applicants' Attorneys Assn. (CAAA); Jason Marcus, the Secretary Officer of CAAA; and Alice O'Sullivan, former Chair of the California Board of Legal Specialization, now Director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). The guests are Specialists in  Workers Compensation Laws, and are certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the  State Bar.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
 

Employment Law: Same sex marriage and employee benefit issues.
Guests: Employment Law attorneys Clarissa A. Kang, and Julie Hayden Wilensky.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
Also, this Wednesday, June 24, is our monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night. So, while Your Legal Rights broadcasts on 91.7 FM (online kalw.org), attorneys are available off-the-air 7 'til 8pm for private/no-fee consultation on a wide variety of legal issues: 1-800-525-9917.

Immigration and Nationality Laws and Issues.
Guests: Luis J. Rodriguez, immediate past President of the State Bar of California; and J. Antonio Nierras, a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. The guests are  Board Members of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).
Guest Host: Alice O'Sullivan, a former President of the California Board of Legal  Specialization, and a Director of the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA).
 

Social Security Disability Benefits Laws and Issues. Guest: Robertson Wendt, Jr., a Specialist in Social Security Disability Benefits Laws, Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), with law law office in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and Robertson Wendt, please call 866-798-8255.

Drug Addiction -- Hope for those addicted to drugs.
Guests: San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Richard Livermore, Presiding Judge of Drug  Court; and Dr. William Glatt, a Specialist in Addiction Medicine.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.
Also, this Wednesday, May 27, we feature our monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night; from 7 until 8pm, attorneys will be ready to discuss questions on various topics off-the-air at 1-800-525-9917.
 

Employment Law: Issues Involving Bullying in the Workplace.
Guests: Employment Law attorneys Theodora Lee and Arron Minnis.
Listeners with question for Chuck's guests, please call 415-841-4134.

The legal rights of people suffering from personal injuries and/or medical malpractice.
Guest: Keith Clifford, a Civil Trial Specialist Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). Mr. Clifford is a Director of the of the NBTA Certification.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guest, please call 415-841-4134 or 866-798-8255; kalw.org online.

 

Public Safety -- Juveniles who Commit Serious Crimes: Rehabilitation v. Adult Prison Sentences.
Guests: Steve Wagstaffe, District Attorney of San Mateo County; Chris Arriola, Supervising Deputy District Attorney of Juvenile Unit, Santa Clara County; Jeff Hayden, Defense  Attorney/Certified Specialist in Criminal Law; Frankie Guzman, Attorney with National Center for Youth Law; and Judge Eugene Hyman, Santa Clara County (Ret.).
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 415-841-4134.

Bankruptcy Law -- Debtors' Rights in Dealing with Overwhelming Debt.
Guests: Specialists in Bankruptcy Law Leon Bayer and Scott Bovitz who are certified by the  California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar.
Listeners with questions for Leon Bayer and Scott Bovitz please call 415-841-4134.
Also, this Wednesday, April 22, we feature our monthly Call-A-Lawyer Night; from 7 until 8pm, attorneys will be ready to discuss questions on various topics off-the-air at 1-800-525-9917.

Family Law Dispute Resolution -- Getting a Divorce Without Litigation and With Less Emotional Stress.
Guests: Paula Lawhon, a Certified Specialist in Family Law; and Stacey Shuster, Ph.D., a Psychologist.
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 415-841-4134.

 

The State Bar's Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program
Guests: Douglas Hull, Director, The State Bar's Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program; and  Lorraine Walsh, Program Fee Arbitrator, and Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 415-841-4134.

April Fools Day -- Don't Be Fooled By Scams!
Guests: Jay White, Pro Bono Attorney with The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; and  Joseph Ridout, Consumer Services Manager for Consumer Action, the national consumer  educational/advocacy organization.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 415-841-4134.
 

Landlord/tenant laws, issues, and disputes.
Guests: Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's on-air guests, please call 415-841-4134.
Also, we will host a special Landlord/Tenant Call-A-Lawyer Night this evening. Attorneys will be on hand to take landlord/tenant questions off-the-air during Your Legal Rights, 800-525-9917, between 7 & 8pm.

Labor and Employment Law: Trends with Labor Relations, Unions, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Guests: Labor and Employment Law Attorneys -- Thomas Lenz (who  represents employers) and Caren Sencer (who represents labor unions and employees).
Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 415-841-4134.

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