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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
  • Your Legal Rights
    Does this housing crisis rise and fall with the cost of rent? Can we build our way out? What's new in Landlord-Tenant Law?YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, is joined tonight by three of the best: Jessica Chylik, David Finkelstein and Sal Timpano. Best of all we take your calls and answer your questions at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    I am proceeding under a workers compensation claim. For medical benefits, do i have to go to a special doctor, or can i go to my regular doctor?What is a qualified medical evaluator? Is it likely my regular doctor is a qualified medical evaluator?YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, and tonight's co-host, Rob Wyman, are joined by Dr. Alex Sable-Smith, M.D., who practices both as a treating physician and as a qualified medical evaluator.Questions for Jeff, Rob and their guest? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    What is it going to take before Congress will take up fair and just immigration reform?Do non-citizens make up a larger percentage of the overall population than in years past? Do undocumented immigrants?When someone shows up at the border, claiming asylum, does the system give him or her the benefit of the doubt? If not, why not?Isn't the fight for immigrant and refuge rights a forgotten part of the fight for racial justice?On Wednesday, May 8, YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, is joined by Professor Bill Hing, author of Humanizing Immigration: How to Transform Our Racist and Unjust System.Questions for Jeff and his guest? Please call (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    Upon its 2014 passage, Proposition 47 reclassified some felonies — mostly non-violent drug possessory offenses or low-grade theft cases — to misdemeanor. As misdemeanors, these low level offenses could not be enhanced with prior convictions under the Three Strikes Laws.Ten years later, California is plagued with organized retail thefts and homelessness, that certain law enforcement groups would blame on Proposition 47, while proponents of the measure would point to the tens of thousands of people languishing in jail for the most minor of offenses before it's passage, and further that the crimes most often blamed on Proposition 47 were not, in fact, affected by it.On May 1, 2014, we look at Proposition 47 some ten years after its passage.YLR Host, Jeff Hayden is joined by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman, retired, Professor Charis Kubrin from U.C. Irvine, Deputy San Francisco Public Defender Matt Sotorosen, and Will Matthews from Californians for Safety and Justice.Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    Tonight on Your Legal Rights, with an emphasis on voting technology, we take a look at voting rights in America: where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going.YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, and tonight's co-host, Brent Turner, are joined by Secretary William Gardner, former Secretary of State in New Hampshire, having retired as the longest serving Secretary of State in the nation's history.Best of all, we take your calls and answer your questions, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    California maintains a no-fault system under which if you get hurt on the job, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits.This system, in most cases, is the sole remedy for a workplace injury; in most instances, personal injury laws do not apply to an injury suffered at work. There is a system in place to protect workers, but it is not dependent upon the same factors as would apply to a personal injury case.What happens if you are at fault.What if you want to see your own doctor?What if the injury is permanent?What if you can’t return to work for a while? Forever?Tonight, the basics of the workers compensation system. YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, is joined by a sought-after speaker who routinely addresses attorneys, physicians, unions, and consumer groups about workers’ compensation and the law in California, San Rafael workers’ compensation attorney Robert K. Wyman. Questions for Jeff and his guest? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    Tonight on Your Legal Rights, we look at an American Nightmare, a Vallejo case where after enduring a harrowing home invasion and kidnapping in 2015, a couple is accused by the police of staging the ordeal – our discussion of this case will illustrate the problem of confirmation bias in the prosecution function.YLR Host, Jeff Hayden, is joined by reknown civil attorney, author and expert in civil procedure James Wagstaffe, San Francisco criminal defense attorney Doug Rappaport, Vallejo attorney Dan Russo, and U.C. Santa Cruz Professor of Psychology & Law Dr. Craig HaneyQuestions for Jeff and his guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    Tonight on Your Legal Rights, YLR host, Jeff Hayden, is joined by San Mateo County District Attorneys Joel McComb, in the Consumer Protection Unit, and Crystal Chau, in the Environmental Law Unit. Both will talk about this unique function, that encompasses not only criminal prosecution but civil litigation, with a primary goal of making victims whole again.Questions for Jeff and his guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    As housing was perhaps the single largest subject of legislative activity in the last year, YLR returns to discuss landlord tenant law, the first installment for Spring 2024.YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by landlord-tenant attorneys extraordinary: Jessica Chylik and Sal Timpano of San Francisco and David Finkelstein of San Mateo. As always, we take your calls and answer your questions.Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call, toll-free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • Your Legal Rights
    It's all in good fun. Except when it's not. We plan to give you some guidance, so if you are experimenting in this area, you are not at risk for emotional and physical damage or even criminal prosecution.Want to learn some boundaries before the Folsom Street Fair? You've come to the right place.YLR Host Jeff Hayden and tonight's co-host, Emmy-nominated legal and political analyst Dean Johnson, are joined by Dr. Anna Randall, Dr. Richard Sprout and Susan Wright.As this is an encore broadcast, we are not accepting calls into the broadcast tonight. But we welcome your calls to support this station at (800) 525-9917. The only way this station can stay on the air, is listeners. Listeners just like you. To keep this station going, to keep our live stream available for yourself, to keep shows like Your Legal Rights on the air, please make your donation to KALW, today, at KALW.org. Thank you.Next week, we'll be back, live, with our Landlord-Tenant Broadcast.