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Your Legal Rights
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Your Legal Rights has provided KALW listeners with free legal information and guidance.  We carry on the work of the program's founding host, Chuck Finney, who passed away in February 2018.

Bay Area attorney Jeff Hayden talks with experts on various legal topics, with listener participation: (415) 841-4134.

Latest Episodes
  • A few months ago, we dared ask if the time had truly come for cryptocurrency. But a short time later, we had billions of dollars lost with the collapse of cryptocurrency values, the failure of the FTX currency exchange and a host of lawsuits against professional athletes, celebrities, and other spokespersons. . . .The obvious questions: How did this happen? and What are we going to do about it?Tonight, YLR Hosts are joined by crypto experts Chris Eberle and Redbeard.Questions for Dean, Jeff and tonight's guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Tonight, YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by San Francisco attorney J. Tony Serra.To anyone who has followed the law, much less criminal law in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tony Serra needs no introduction. To defense attorneys, J. Tony Serra is nothing short of a master. Mr. Serra stands out in local, regional and national media as a legend. Those familiar such diverse movies as True Believer, Where the Buffalo Roam or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas have seen characters seemingly based, at least in part, on Tony Serra. Enjoy a chance to have a word with one of the most interesting and colorful local folks in our era. Call us, toll-free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Last time we ran this program, we were looking at a massive budget surplus, the governor and legislators found money to help more folks in the offing; we are now looking at a deficit. Even as we enter the holidays, some face loss of habitability, or worse yet eviction. In other cases, small landlords depending on the income from a rental face a tenant who is not paying.In short, where do landlords and tenants stand right now? Joining YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and co-host Dean Johnson, are three of the best: Jessica Chylik, David Finkelstein and Sal Timpano.Questions for Jeff's and Dean's guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Last week's election left us, both locally, and nationally, awash in uncertainty. Tonight, the second in a two-part series, looks at the election.In Part One, examined the uncertainty and anxiety. In national elections, how did we get to where the pundits so inaccurately predict with such confidence? In local elections, how do such practices as ranked-choice voting both potentially delay the result and alter the outcome?Tonight, in Part Two, we will look at specific issues, the legislative agenda, access to voting, and again, just where we are.For both broadcasts, we welcome your input. Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Last night's election left us, both locally, and nationally, awash in uncertainty. Tonight, the first in a two-part series, looks at the election.In Part One, we will examine the uncertainty and anxiety. In national elections, how did we get to where the pundits so inaccurately predict with such confidence? In local elections, how do such practices as ranked-choice voting both potentially delay the result and alter the outcome?In Part Two, we will look at specific issues, the legislative agenda, access to voting, and again, just where we are.For both broadcasts, we welcome your input. Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • From September 21, 2022YLR Host Jeff Hayden and tonight’s co-host, Dean Johnson, are joined tonight by Dr. George Bach-Y-Rita, a recently retired psychiatrist and published author of scholarly journals and articles, who was board certified in psychiatry and in neurology and practiced medicine for some 50 years.Homelessness has become one of the most visible and widely discussed issues not only in the bay area, but across the nation.Last week Governor Newsom signed the “CARE Act” -- touted as both a new paradigm for mental health treatment and at least part of the solution to the problem of homelessness -- into law, permitting family members, first responders and “others” to ask the courts to create and enforce treatment plans for people who are allegedly mentally ill.While the act has been touted as both a new paradigm for mental health treatment -- and at least part of the solution to the problem of homelessness -- civil rights groups and homeless advocates have suggested that the care act may mask a hidden agenda.
  • The red lights came on – now what happens? Can what I do now make a difference?I got a red-light ticket. Is there anything I can do?Are all traffic matters still considered criminal?Tonight, on Your Legal Rights: we’re taking on the inner workings of Traffic Court and the Department Of Motor Vehicles. YLR Host, Dean Johnson, is joined by David Uthman, Law Offices of David Uthman and The San Francisco Traffic Law Clinic, and San Francisco Attorney Michael Silviera.Questions for Dean and his guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • We place great trust in long term care facilities to take care of very vulnerable people - how can we be good consumers and assure the care our loved ones, or even ourselves, will receive is all that it should be?YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, is joined be Anthony Chicotel, Senior Staff Attorney at California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR).As tonight is an encore presentation, we will not be taking calls tonight.CANHR can be reached at www.canhr.org / 800-474-1116
  • In recent months, we ran a series of programs on criminal justice reform. Earlier programs featured the election of various law enforcement officials in the bay area politics and the mood of the electorate, and implications of the election for criminal justice reform statewide.Tonight, in particular, we look at some of the fundamentals of criminal prosecution: interrogation and the confession. YLR Hosts Jeff Hayden and Dean Johnson are joined by San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney David Bigeleisen and Dr. RICHARD LEO, the Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of San Francisco School of Law, an expert on police interrogation and false confessions.As this is an encore broadcast, we are not taking telephone calls tonight.
  • Tonight’s show was not inspired by the novel, 50 Shades of Grey, that sold some 150 million copies and led to a mega-hit movie of the same name; rather, by two local criminal cases. In both cases, couples had been involved in long term relationships that included kinky or even violent sex. One member of the couple later decided that all of this had been non-consensual. The other member of the couple wound up doing a lengthy prison sentence.Tonight, to address whether alternative sexuality come with physical, emotional and, most importantly for our purposes, legal consequences, and can you get in trouble for what goes on between consenting adults in the privacy your own home?Tonight, Host Dean Johnson is joined by guests who have devoted their professional lives to helping people navigate the psychological, social and legal issues surrounding alternative lifestyles, kink, fetishes, and BDSM, Dr. Anna Randall, a Bay Area psychotherapist and sex therapist, and the co-founder and executive director of the alternative sexualities health research alliance (TASHRA), and Dr. Richard Sprott, a research psychologist in Developmental Science and lecturer in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at Cal State, East Bay.Questions for Dean and his guests? Please call toll-free at (866) 798-8255.