We kindly ask all of our supporters to welcome Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, NWC Board Member and EPA whistleblower, as she makes her first public appearance to launch the release of her new book, No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA. This special book talk event will be Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 pm at Busboys & Poets (14th and V Streets, Washington, DC).
Special Event: August 26th DC Premiere "Chasing Madoff"
A new documentary about the infamous Madoff scandal, Chasing Madoff, opens in theaters across the country on Friday August 26th. The NWC and Cohen Media Group will be co-sponsoring a special event at the Washington, DC premiere at the E Street Cinema (555 11th Street, NW) for Friday’s 7:40 pm showing. NWC President Michael D. Kohn will give a short informative talk after the film detailing the new developments in whistleblower protection since the Madoff scandal. There will be a short Q&A session following the talk. For more information about the film and to find a theater near you click here.
Stephen M. Kohn (Executive Director, NWC)Stephen M. Kohn is one of the
nation's leading advocates for corporate and government whistleblowers. His
record of winning whistleblower cases, at trial and on appeal, dates back to
1984. Many of his court victories have become landmark precedents in modern
workplace law, establishing the employee's right to free speech under the First
Amendment. A respected scholar as well as a litigator, he has testified in
Congress on behalf of whistleblowers and worked with the Senate Judiciary staff
to draft corporate whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Prior to practicing whistleblower protection law, Mr. Kohn served as a student
law clerk to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Circuit Judge, U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
From 1984 to 1988, Mr. Kohn served as
Clinical Director of the groundbreaking whistleblower rights clinic at the
Antioch School of Law. He is the author of the first legal treatise on
whistleblowing, Protecting Environmental and Nuclear Whistleblowers: A Litigation
Manual (NIRS, 1985). Since then, he has authored or co-authored numerous
articles and books on the subject, including: Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees
(Praeger, 2004); Concepts and Procedures
in Whistleblower Law (Greenwood Press, 2000); The Whistleblower Litigation Handbook (Wiley Law, 1991); and The Labor Lawyers Guide to the Rights and
Responsibilities of Employee Whistleblowers (Greenwood Press, 1988). He has
also written widely on American law and its relation to human rights.
Stephen Kohn serves as the Executive
Director of the National Whistleblower Center and a Trustee of the National
Whistleblower Legal Defense and Education Fund. In 2006, Northeastern
University awarded Mr. Kohn the prestigious Daynard Public Interest Fellowship,
recognizing him as a "social justice path-breaker" and "distinguished
practitioner of public interest law" who serves as a role model "demonstrating
how legal skills can be used effectively and creatively to make the world a better
David K. Colapinto (General
Counsel, Special Litigation, NWC)David K. Colapinto is a nationally
recognized whistleblower advocate with expertise in government fraud and qui
tam cases and whistleblower retaliation cases. He has successfully represented
many whistleblowers in state and federal courts and before numerous agencies.
A key attorney in several cases of
national interest, Mr. Colapinto represented the leading whistleblower in a
major qui tam fraud action against the drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb, helping
to recover more than $500 million for U.S. taxpayers and the government under
the False Claims Act in 2007. He has also played a central role in securing
whistleblower protection for FBI employees, such as the firm's successful efforts
on behalf of Fredric Whitehurst, the forensics expert who suffered
recriminations after reporting poor lab practices at the bureau. He served as
co-counsel in Linda Tripp's successful lawsuit citing Privacy Act violations by
the Department of Defense. An experienced litigator, he has established
important precedent under the Freedom of Information Act. He is the co-author
of Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal
Protections for Corporate Employees (Praeger, 2004).
Anthony C. Munter (Legal
Director, National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund)Anthony Munter specializes in
government contract fraud and has filed numerous qui tam whistleblower claims under the Federal False Claims Act and
State False Claims Cases. In a case before the U.S. Fourth
Circuit Court of Appeals in 2005, he successfully appealed a ruling that
earlier had led to the extended detention of an alien in Andrewes v. U.S. INS.