I'll be joining GAP's American Whistleblower Tour in Houston, Texas, on March 9, as part of a full-day session on legal issues and the experiences of whistleblowers. The event is sponsored by the South Texas College of Law and co-sponsored by the South Texas Law Review and the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Texas.
GAP's American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability is "a new, dynamic campaign that seeks to educate the public − particularly our country's incoming workforce − about the phenomenon of whistleblowing. The 2011–12 tour is the first incarnation of what GAP plans to institute as a yearly effort focused on college students around the country."
The tour program in Houston on March 9, titled Citizen Employees: Whistleblowers and Other Employees Acting in the Public Interest, will be held at the South Texas Colege of Law from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. It has a registration fee and is approved for ethics credit and continuing legal education credit by the State Bar of Texas.
I'll be on a panel moderated by Jesselyn Radack, former Department of Justice whistleblower and now GAP's National Security & Human Rights Director. Also on the panel is food safety whistleblower Kenneth Kendrick, formerly with the Peanut Corporation of America.
Full tour schedule here. Several additional 2011-2012 tour events remain on the calendar, including:
For those in the Seattle area, on March 23 at the Seattle University School of Law, Whistleblowing: Law, Compliance & the Public Interest will include a GAP event with Hanford nuclear facility whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis, contaminated meat/food integrity whistleblower John Munsell, and Citigroup/sub-prime mortgage whistleblower Richard Bowen.
On March 28, at Mount Holyoke Colege in South Hadley, Mass., Whistleblowing: From the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks (Gamble Auditorium, 7:00-9:00 p.m.), will feature National Security Agency Whistleblower Thomas Drake, Pentagon Papers Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, and DOJ Whistleblower Jesselyn Radack. GAP President Louis Clark and investigative journalist Alison Bass, author of Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial, will moderate. This event is free and open to the public.
Not to be missed.