"Your Legal Rights" Program on Consumer Debt Collection Practices

For more than twenty years, Chuck Finney has hosted a wonderful public affairs program called “Your Legal Rights” which provides legal advice to radio listeners throughout Northern California.  Sponsored by local NPR affiliate KALW (91.7FM), Your Legal Rights focuses on a new issue each week — everything from auto repairs to landlord/tenant issues, to small claims court.

(Source: http://www.ilawyer.com/kalw/chuck/)

I’ve always found it amazing that hosting a major radio show isn’t Chuck Finney’s only job.  His full-time day job is as Deputy District Attorney with the Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit of the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. He specializes in the criminal prosecution of white collar crime, including securities violations, embezzlement, theft, and forgery. I have no idea how he has managed to put on a weekly public affairs program in his spare time with such a demanding full-time job.

What is even more amazing is he manages to make useful information also entertaining.  This past week’s guests were two attorneys who help consumers who are struggling with consumer debt and debt collection issues.

Allison Stone Anderman is an attorney with the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) at the Bar Association of San Francisco.  She runs two walk-in legal clinics which you can read about here. She is also a colleague and friend of mine from law school.

Elisa Della-Piana is Director of the Neighborhood Justice Clinic of the East Bay Community Law Center, which is run in conjunction with UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall law school.

If you are looking for advice related to debt collectors, deficiency judgments, second mortgage issues, or any other consumer debt issue, I highly recommend you listen to the podcast, which you can find here.