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2020 in the Queer-View Mirror

Jan 5, 2021
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Happy New Year? We all hope 2021 will be kinder to us than 2020 … but only time will tell. So this week: 2020 in the queer-view mirror and a look ahead with national politics and legal reporter Lisa Keen.

2020 brought hardships on many fronts. Yet for LGBTQ people in the US, 2020 brought significant progress on some fronts, while bringing setbacks on others. Ms. Keen breaks down the top 2020 developments and assesses potential gains and losses for queer folk in 2021, including insights on Georgia's US Senate run-offs.


  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the Supreme Court confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old conservative appeals court judge. After Democrats unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the nomination, Republicans only needed 52 votes to confirm her.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re speaking with Adam Cohen, author of Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court's Fifty-Year Battle For A More Unjust America. He argues that over the last 50 years, the Supreme Court has done little to protect the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. Instead, it has ruled to protect the privileged and corporations.

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing the future of the US Supreme Court since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose last wish was not to be replaced until a new presidential term, according to her granddaughter.

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The only road that leads to Martins Beach is on property owned by tech billionaire Vinod Khosla. Last week, the California Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Khosla saying he has been “improperly and illegally” restricting public access.

YLR 7p Wed 17 Oct: SCOTUS forecast

Oct 17, 2018

  SCOTUS: New Term, New Cases -- YLR Wed 7pm PDT 17 Oct 2018 KALW 91.7 FM. Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Chris Hu, Associate Attorney with Moskovitz Appellate Team, San Francisco, Your Legal Rights considers cases on the upcoming Supreme Court Docket. Questions for Chris and Jeff? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 


Oct 10, 2018

  Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Dean Johnson for Your Legal Rights' updated report on US Supreme Court combinations and expectations. Qustions for Dean and Jeff? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.  

Office of the Vice President

What does Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record tell us about what kind of Supreme Court Justice he would be? What would his confirmation mean for crucial issues like abortion, LGBTQ rights, affirmative action, and gun control?

What is right with this picture?

Jul 11, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh is nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court: What is the process next, and what differences will it make? Host Jeff Hayden welcomes Dean Johnson. Emmy-nominated commentator on processes legal and political, Mr. Johnson practices criminal defense and civil litigation. Questions/comments for Dean and Jeff? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255. 

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On this edition of Your Call, we speak with the filmmakers of RBG, a documentary that traces the steps on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s path from ambitious young woman to feminist icon.

The United States Supreme Court at Standstill/Dysfunctional?
Guests: Jeff Hayden, Vice-Chair of the California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS); Gonzalo Martinez, CBLS Certified Specialist in Appellate Law; and Appellate Law attorney Myron Moskovitz, retired Professor of Constitutional Law at Golden Gate Univ. School of Law.
Listeners with questions for Chuck & his guests, please call toll-free 1-866-798-8255.

Your Call weekly kudos: February 19th, 2016

Feb 19, 2016


On the February 19th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Feb 17, 2016

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

Apple opposes order to help FBI unlock phone belonging to San Bernardino shooter // L.A. Times

“Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will resist a federal judge's order to access encrypted data hidden on a cellphone that belonged to the terrorist couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last year.

A discussion of the Supreme Court's constitutional right of same-sex marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and the dissenters' arguments that the decision threatens democracy and religious liberty.
Guests: Janet Lee Frankel, a Specialist in Family Law certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar; and Myron Moskovitz, Professor of Law Emeritus at Golden Gate University in Constitutional Law, and appellate law practitioner.
Listeners with questions for Chuck's guests, please call 1-866-798-8255.

USA Today

After the historic ruling from SCOTUS on gay marriage, Sandip Roy reflects on... his Facebook feed?  

A discussion of recent U S Supreme Court Decisions
Guests: Cynthia Larsen, Certified Specialist in Appellate Law;  Jeff Hayden, Certified Specialist in  Criminal Law; Myron Moskovitz, Constitutional Law Professor.
Listeners with questions for Chuck Finney's guests, please be ready to call 415-841-4134.

The Thinking & Decisions of the Nine Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court Guests: Laurence Tribe, Constitutional Law Professor at Harvard Law School, and author of the  new book UNCERTAIN JUSTICE: THE ROBERTS COURT AND THE CONSTITUTION; and Myron  Moskovitz, Appellate Litigator, Appellate Consultant, and Professor of Law Emeritus, Golden  Gate University School of Law.  Listeners with questions for Chuck and his guests, please call 415-841-4134.  

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Discussion of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Guests: Myron Moskovitz, Constitutional Law Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law; Ira Howard Barg, a specialist in criminal law and an Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney's office; and Steven Mayer, a specialist in appellate law. The specialists are certified by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.
Listeners with questions or comments for Chuck and his guests, please call 415-841-4134.

"I ... do? Wait, let me think about it."

Dec 16, 2013

Experts help homo and hetero couples weigh the pros and cons of getting married by year-end. Just because it's now legal for same-sex couples to marry in California and many other states, and the federal government must recognize those marriages, should you? There are financial advantages for some to get hitched by Dec. 31, but disadvantages for others, and there are many other potential risks and benefits.

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. 

The Supreme Court issued historic rulings on gay marriage today, dismissing an appeal by Prop 8 supporters and stating that married same-sex couples are entitled to the same federal benefits as opposite-sex ones. While the justices did not rule on the constitutionality of states’ rights to prohibit same-sex marriages or give guidance on the effect of their ruling, legal analysts believe today’s decision regarding Prop 8 will open the door for same-sex marriages in California.

Voting rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, workplace's been a big week at the
Supreme Court.   Join Linda Wertheimer, along with NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, for a recap and in-depth analysis of all the major rulings.
Wednesday, June 26 at 6pm.