YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Wednesday evening, April 5th, 2017
Federal Whistleblower Laws for Employee Protections
Please tune in to the National Board of Trial Advocacy sponsored broadcast of Your Legal Rights on Wednesday evening, April 5th @ 5:00 pm Hawaii ST/6:00 pm Alaska ST/7:00 pm Pacific ST/8:00 pm Mountain ST/9:00 pm Central ST/10:00 Eastern ST. This week’s show theme will be focused on Federal Whistleblower Laws for Employee Protections.
The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 (WPA) is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring at a government organization
Joining host/producer Chuck Finney will be guest William Jungbauer, a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, with a law office in St Paul, Minnesota. Mr. Jungbauer was instrumental in advising Congress of the problems of harassment and intimidation of injured RR workers by Rail Carriers.
Your Legal Rights can be heard live on 91.7 FM KALW in San Francisco and other NPR stations throughout the country. Check your local listing. It is also available live via streaming at KALW.org or by podcast at www.kalw.org/rss. The entire hour is uplinked to the National Public Radio (NPR) Satellite for national distribution through support from NBTA.
The National Board of Trial Advocacy was the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the world. Founded in 1977, NBTA offers board certification in: civil trial law, criminal trial law, family trial law, civil pretrial practice and Social Security disability law. To qualify for one of these five certifications lawyers must have extensive experience in their specialty and meet rigorous objective quality standards. To learn more about a specialty area please click on one of the certifications below:
*Please contact the NBTA office for civil pretrial practice information.
Civil Trial Law
About Civil Trial Lawyers
What is civil trial advocacy? First, civil trial advocacy may include civil litigation, personal injury litigation, and any other type of litigation that is not criminal in nature, such as property disputes, construction or insurance claims and a wide array of other civil controversies. Second, usually money damages are at stake in civil litigation.
Despite what is seen on television dramas, cases do not always have to go to trial. However, it is impossible to know in advance which cases will settle and which will go to trial, and because settlement amounts reflect predictions about the most likely result if the case is tried, it is wise for people to hire well qualified trial attorneys to handle their claims or defense of claims whether they think the case will be tried or settled out of court. It is important to understand
Trial attorneys must have knowledge,experience, great communications skills and a thorough understanding of group decision making dynamics and persuasion. In trial practice a misstep can end a case, so having a trial attorney who is making his trial debut may be dangerous, especially in a case involving substantial damages.
A good trial lawyer is always thinking several steps ahead. The "what if's" of the case must be mapped out long before the trial begins. Great trial lawyers are ready for surprises and will be well prepared, down to the last detail.
Once a trial begins, each side will be given the opportunity for opening statements and this is where many trial attorneys shine. They say that many a case has been won or lost on the opening statement, so it is imperative that the words be strong, both in their meaning and their delivery.
Think about your first meeting with the trial attorney, were you impressed or did the meeting leave you thinking that the attorney did not have enough experience or education? If you know that your case may go to trial, you want someone who will impress the jury from the first word of the first sentence and will be able to control the situation to your benefit.
Board Certified Criminal Lawyers: Do Not Try to Defend Yourself
Family Law: Complex and Changing
An attorney board certified as a family law specialist must stay current on the law and demonstrate a proficiency based on passing a written examination, demonstrating a high level of experience, fulfilling educational requirements, and being favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with his or her work. Board certified family lawyers can:
Social Security Disability Law
Social Security Disability Lawyers & Attorneys - Helping to Get Your Disability Benefits
It is unfortunate how many people who have legitimate claims for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability Benefits are denied. Once a person is denied, the Social Security Administration has set up an often confusing and complicated system of appeal, which appears easy to navigate on your own.
A board certified Social Security disability lawyer can be your first step to getting the benefits to which you are rightfully entitled. Social Security disability lawyers can help guide you through the process, including the appeals process and being present at your hearing. After you have filed your initial claim and have been denied, do not delay any further but seek advice from qualified, determined, board certified Social Security disability lawyer. When you start your search for an attorney, keep the following questions in mind:
Many law firms that represent themselves as experienced representatives may not actually be board certified Social Security disability attorneys. If you have been supplied representation by your Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance carrier, they may not be Board Certified attorneys. In most cases involving LTD claims, you have the right to obtain you own legal representation for handling your Social Security disability claim.