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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 weeks ago, Bay Area communities held local primary elections. San Francisco voters overwhelmingly endorsed Proposition H, recalling progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin. At the same time, in two neighboring counties, voters turned away from relatively liberal sheriffs, each in favor of a candidate touting progressive reforms, and, in two counties, contested races for district attorney resulted in reelection of incumbents with differing policies toward criminal justice.Tonight, to discuss the implications of the election for criminal justice reform statewide and for Bay Area politics, YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight’s co-host Dean Johnson are joined by Eugene Hyman, retired judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, San Francisco Attorney Randall Knox, political pundit Mark Simon, Jay Boyarsky, Chief Assistant District Attorney of Santa Clara County, and Oakland-based civil rights attorney John Burris.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their amazing panel of guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • When historians look back at this point in history, the single biggest domestic issue will be the investigation of the incursion on January 6th, and the affects upon our democratic republic.That an attack on the capital, on the very day the votes were to be counted, was predicted by Professor Lawrence Douglas of Amherst; he repeated that prediction on this program well in advance of January 6.The focus of today's congressional hearings was Dr. John Eastman, the man alleged to be the legal Archetect of the broader attack on the presidential election. Dr. Eastman, was on this program, two weeks before the election, wherein he espoused false claims about a rigged election.Amidst the Congressional hearings underway, we tonight will replay that discussion.YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight’s Co-Host Joshua Borger are joined by Dr. John Eastman (formerly) the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University, Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the Berkeley School of Law and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, and from the Sutton Law Firm, Bradley W. Hertz, a Past President of the California Political Lawyers Association.Given this is a re-broadcast, we will NOT be able to take calls tonight.
  • What is the National Labor Relations Act? How does it work? Does this cover all employees — if not, how does Labor Law differ from Employment Law?Tonight, YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by some of the best: Latika Malkani, a partner at Siegel, Lewitter, Malkani in Oakland, Thomas Arthur Lenz, a partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo in Pasadena, CA, and Jill Coffman, Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board. Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • How is it that a psychiatric disorder is the only disease in which the family is systematically excluded from participation in the treatment plan?Are people suffering from mental illness overrepresented amongst the homeless?Does the state prison system become the new treatment locale for those with mental health disorders?YLR host Jeff Hayden is joined by Deputy San Mateo County Counsel Paul Sheng, Dr. George Bach-Y-Rita, and Emma, the mother of a consumer of the mental health system who has been advocating for change for some 25 years.If you have questions for Jeff and his guests, please call, toll-free, at (866( 798-8255.
  • Is the state removing itself from rent and eviction controls? Are cities enacting rent control?How is it some remain protected against eviction, under a moratorium, while others are not?Joining YLR Host Jeff Hayden, and tonight's host Dean Johnson, are three of the best: Jessica Chylik, David Finkelstein and Sal Timpano.Questions for Jeff, Dean and their guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • I may live among you, but I am a foreign national who is not subject to your laws. Who are these folks who live amongst? Why should we care? What sorts of things do they do?Tonight, we are discussing the Sovereign Citizen movement. YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by San Mateo Attorney David Nazzaro.Questions for Jeff and his guest? Call (866) 798-8255.
  • More and more people are back in the workplace, bringing with them familiar problems; others returned to find a toxic work environment. Claims of workplace harassment are on the rise, and may be a cause of the so-called “great resignation.”If you find yourself in an oppressive work environment, what do you do?In conjunction with the california lawyers association: Your Legal Rights is looking at workplace harassment. YLR host, Jeff Hayden, and tonight’s co-host, Dean Johnson, are joined by Pasadena attorney Ramit Mizrahi, the principal at Mizrahi Law, and the President of Extti, Incorporated of Bell Canyon, California, Attorney Michael Robbins. Questions for Jeff, Dean and their guests? Call us, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.
  • YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by tonight’s co-host, Emmy nominated NBC political and legal analyst Dean Johnson.In our first segment, we are joined by David Nazzaro; together we will look at the emergence of sovereign citizens upsetting the norms under which the stem operates, metes out justiceAs most of you probably know, a draft of what may become the supreme court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health – a major decision -- was leaked to the press on Monday, an occurrence that heretofore has been very, very rare if it has even occurred before at all. Our second segment features Ben Feuer, Chairman of the California Appellate Law Group, who explains how the leak indicates a sea change, affecting the image and operation of the high court, and where this might lead. The draft opinion indicates that the court is preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Our third segment features Emily Beach, former Burlingame city councilmember and the lone woman in a local congressional race, who as a catholic, and the mother of two teenagers, discusses the responsibilities of motherhood and the first-hand the difficult reproductive choices women face.Our final segment provides a chance for hosts, our guests, and callers alike, to see if these developments coincide by accident, or represent a further erosion of social norms. For tonight’s special program, we will only accept calls in the final half-hour.Join Jeff, Dean and their guests by calling (866) 798-8255.
  • Whether one contends that animals themselves have rights, or we have responsibilities as pet owners or community members, this area of law is developing rapidly. Joining YLR Host Jeff Hayden and tonight's co-host Dean Johnson are Valerie Mccarthy, Interim Executive Director of Redwood City based Pets In Need, and Corey Page of San Francisco’s Evans & Page, who represents the nation’s premier animal advocacy organizations.Questions for Jeff and Dean's guests? Please call us, toll free, at (866) 298-8255.
  • Many of us don’t think about estate planning. Others rely on common misconceptions: perhaps they don’t feel the need to plan, or believe things will work themselves out and everyone will get along and work it out among themselves. People often don’t know what they can do themselves, and when they need legal help.Tonight, we seek to debunk some of the top myths and misunderstandings about estate planning and probate? YLR Host Jeff Hayden is joined by two of the best: Palo Alto attorney Janet Brewer and Redwood City attorney Michael E. Pitts.Questions for Jeff and his guests? Please call, toll free, at (866) 798-8255.