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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
  • Two to three years ago, we heard much about harassment, and such budding movements as “me too” and “times up.” State and federal leaders looked at legislation to advance social change.Twelve to 18 months ago, the images of George Floyd seemed to finally awaken people to disparate treatment afforded people of color, and the longstanding patterns of inequity — not just in terms of criminal justice but in the make up of boardrooms and the lists of the rich, the powerful and the famous — and we spoke of race and social justice. State and federal leaders looked at legislation to advance social change.Six to 12 months ago, President Trump proclaims "The China Virus," and we hear increasing reports of Anti-Asian violence. State and federal leaders looked at legislation to advance social change.What issues are bubbling up now? Has any of this legislative activity resulted in changes in law? Anything of which we need to be mindful? How do we advise employers? What tools are available to benefit and protect employees?How do we envision social change? Is it really a police problem? A problem with the justice system?YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined by Kevin Allen, Theodora Lee and Tracy Lemmon. Questions for Jeff and his guests? Call us at (415) 841-4134 or toll-free at (866) 798-8255.
  • A year ago, we heard a lot about a changing landscape in the United States Supreme Court.At the start of the summer, we spent two successive weeks discussing the opinions handed down at the close of the term, and pondered just what did the court do.With the first Tuesday in October, the United States Supreme Court began its new term. Tonight, we look at the docket of cases, and discuss just what the future has in store as this reconstituted court begins a new term.
  • Has the paradigm shifted to working from home (or even the beach or some other form or working remotely), or are most of us returning to traditional workplace?We in California are seeing more and more arenas that now include vaccine mandates – whether the ball game, a restaurant, or the workplace; Texas has banned any vaccine mandates, even for private employers. Are we anywhere near a new normal? Where does testing fit into this scheme?To make sense of this and other Labor and Employment Law issues, YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by attorney’s April Glatt, Thomas Lenz and Maggie Grover.Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call, toll-free, at (866) 798-8255
  • A quick summary of what bankruptcy is. The types of bankruptcy cases. How it all works.You would think that with the pandemic and the havoc it has wreaked on the economy, bankruptcies would be soaring; are they?It’s been 18 months since last we chatted about bankruptcy; any changes in store?Tonight, we’re here to talk about bankruptcy, and debtor’s rights; perhaps more importantly, to answer your questionsWhat if you really need a bankruptcy – you’re flat broke – how do you pay for it? How do you file a bankruptcy case, and just who is eligible to file. YLR host Jeff Hayden welcomes Leon Bayer. Certified as a Bankruptcy Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, Mr. Bayer is co-author of THE NEW BANKRUPTCY: WILL IT WORK FOR YOU? published by Nolo Press. Your own questions go straight to Leon and Jeff right now, so please call us toll-free, 866-798-8255.
  • A look at election security, grass roots activism and open source election software.
  • We are in an unprecedented crisis of housing, brought on by the pandemic, hurting tenants and landlords alike. A statewide moratorium on evictions, in effect for over a year, ends on September 30, 2021. What systems have been put in place to aid landlords and tenants alike?
  • With the emergence of religion as it relates to as issues as diverse as reproductive rights vs. the right to life or the Free Exercise of Religion vs. the need to shelter in place during the pandemic, Your Legal Rights will tonight examine the role of religion in our legal system.
  • Tonight Your Legal Rights takes a look planning for an managing the small estate.
  • What happens when the police come to school to interrogate your child, and related juvenile law issues.
  • Landemic-related protections, including a moratorium on evictions, continue to wind down. The state budget provides for aid to landlords and tenants for payment of past due rent — when does this apply? How do you apply? What other changes are in store?YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined tonight by three esteemed landlord-tenant attorneys, Jessica Chylik and Sal Timpano, both of San Francisco, and David Finkelstein of San Mateo.Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.