Has the U.S. Supreme Court closed courthouse doors on legitimate civil and constitutional rights as well as government whistleblower claims? Black Talk Radio's Scotty Reid hosted a panel discussion on a shift in the courts that are leaning way from protecting civil liberties, constitutional rights and whistle-blower protections.
- Dr. Stephanie Williams J.D, is as an international human rights law advocate, an independent consultant on human rights issues, and a global grassroots organizer-activist with more than fifteen years of experience in her field. She has assisted victims of rape, torture, botched honor killings, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, domestic violence, hate-crimes, child abuse, environmental injustice and repressive regimes.
- Mr. Tom Devine is Legal Director of Government Accountability Project (GAP). He has been with GAP since January 1979. Mr. Devine has been a leader in the campaigns to pass or defend 20 major national or international whistleblower laws, including every one enacted over the last two decades. These include the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 for federal employees; seven breakthrough laws since 2002 creating the right to jury trials for corporate whistleblowers; and new U.N., World Bank and African Development Bank policies legalizing public freedom of expression for their own whistleblowers.
- Mrs. Zena Crenshaw-Logal is CEO for both Nat. Forum On Judicial Accountability and POPULAR, Inc. She serves on the Legal Advisory Board for "Fallout Shelter", a political action group, and the Managers' Board for OAK, a national coalition of grassroots advocates. Mrs. Crenshaw-Logal is author of “The Official End of Judicial Accountability Through Federal Rights Litigation: Ashcroft v. Iqbal”, 35:1 Am. J. Trial Advoc. (forthcoming 2011). The article is currently available at Bepress.
- Professor Kylar W. Broadus serves on the Board of Directors for National Black Justice Coalition. He is an associate professor of business law at Lincoln University of Missouri, a historically black college where he serves as chair of the business department. Mr. Broadus has maintained a general practice of law in Columbia, Missouri since 1997. Formerly, Professor Broadus served as State Legislative Manager and Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group.