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

Discussion of the  United States Supreme Court decisions in the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases. 

Guests:  Family Law attorney Paul Thorndal;  Cathy Sakimura, Family Law Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Amy Cunninghis, a party in the DOMA case; and Constitutional Law Professor Myron Moskovitz. 

Listeners are invited to participate. Please be ready to call-in with questions/comments for Chuck and his guests: 415-841-4134. 

Civil Liberties: Is Our Right of Privacy Gone? 

Guests:  Hanni Fakhoury, Staff Attorney, the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Ben Rosenfeld, an attorney who specializes in police misconduct cases, civil rights cases and criminal defense law; and Shahid Buttar, Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

Listeners: please call-in with questions/comments for the guests: 415-841-4134.

Employment Law -- Telecommuting from home to work -- what are the rights and obligations of employees and employers?

Guests:  Employment Law attorneys Lisa Lawson and Sharon Vinick, Members of the Executive Committee of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar.

Listeners are invited to call-in with questions/comments for the guests: 415-841-4134.

Family Law - using alternatives to litigation and traditional mediation for issues in dissolution of marriage.

Family Law attorneys  Esther Rosenfeld, Jill Mondry, Lauren Zorfas, and Mu-En Steeg.

Listeners are invited to participate. Please call 415-841-4134.

May 15, 7 PM - Landlord/tenant laws and issues.
Guests:  Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.

Also, May 15, from 7 - 8 PM, is our monthly Call A Lawyer Night.
To speak privately with an attorney off-the-air on any legal question the specialists
are qualified to discuss, please call 800-525-9917.

Chuck Finney is joined by entertainment lawyers Laura Drossman and Robert Pimm.

Chuck Finney is joined by patent attorneys Ron Rohde and Myrna Schelling. 


Chuck Finney is joined by Marilia Zellner, Legal Services Supervisor, Educators for Fiar Consideration; and Ilyce Shugall, Supervising Immigration Attorney, Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto.


Chuck Finney is joined by Anthony Oncidi, partner and co-head of the California Labor & Employment Law Group at the law firm Proskauer.

Landlord/tenant laws

Feb 27, 2013

Chuck Finney is joined by landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.

It's also Call a Lawyer night!

Chuck Finney is joined by Alice O'Sullivan, Gil Stein, and Michael Rucka, members of the California Applicants' Attorneys Association -- and who are specialists in workers' compensation law certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar. 

Chuck Finney is joined by Attorneys Shirley Gibson and Stacey Hawver of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County; and Christina Varner, Legal Advice Line Advocate for Bay Area Legal Aid.

Chuck Finney is joined by Employment Law attorneys, Lisa Lawson and Phil Horowitz.

Education law--bullying and special education

Tonight Chuck welcomes Real Property Law attorneys Marc Seidenfeld and Frank Adam to discuss the Homeowners Bill of Rights.

Auto repair issues

Dec 19, 2012


Chuck Finney is joined by Donald Johnson, Program Manager, California Dept. of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Auto Repair, Santa Clara Co. Office to discuss auto repair issues.

Your Legal Rights

Dec 12, 2012

Tonight's topic is the enforcement of Child Support services in California.
Chuck welcomes Director Iliana Rodriguez and Staff Attorney Trinidad Madrigal from the San Mateo Department of Child Support Services, AND family law attorney Robert Bruening.

Chuck Finney is joined by Keith Ogden, Staff Attorney, Home Mortgage Foreclosure, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto; Adam Kent, Bankruptcy Law attorney; and attorney Philip Shecter who counsels homeowners facing foreclosure.

Debate over amending Three Strikes.

Chuck Finney is joined by Robert Wood, a Taxation Law Specialist Certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar.

Chuck Finney is joined by Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and John Zanghi. 

It's also Call A Lawyer night!

Immigration Law Update

Sep 19, 2012

Chuck Finney is joined by Antonio Nierras, a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Laws to discuss recent updates to immigration policy.

Chuck Finney is joined by a panel from the San Francisco Bar Association to discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act protections for persons with disabilities.

Chuck Finney is joined by Landlord/tenant attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld.

Also, it's Call-a-lawyer Night!

Chuck Finney is joined by Joseph Ridout, Manager of Consumer Services for Consumer Action, a non-profit National Consumer Advocacy and Educational Organization to talk about legal issues for credit cards.

Workers compensation and on-the-job injuries.

Chuck Finney is joined by Marjorie Slabach and Gregory Maple, Mediator and Certified Specialist in Family Law to discuss family law mediation.

Social media in the workplace.

Chuck Finney is joined by Dr. Maryanne McGuckin, a medical expert in infectious disease prevention, to discuss preventing medical malpractice hospital and healthcare associated infections.

Chuck Finney is joined by  Linda Kramer, Chair of the Estate Planning Advisory Commission of the Board of Legal Specialization, to discuss two aspects of estate planning – advanced health directives and planning for a medical crisis.