Last week I learned that Chuck Finney, host of KALW's popular Bay Area radio program Your Legal Rights, had passed away after a short stay in the hospital. I only met Chuck earlier this year, when I sat as a guest on his show to discuss how to fight elder financial abuse and undue influence. But I can tell you my impressions from our brief acquaintance: Chuck was a warm and gracious host, and with his gentle manner came a refreshing approach to the law rooted in public service.
As both a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County and a radio host, Chuck was first and foremost a public servant. He was dedicated to helping ordinary people understand the law and tackle everyday challenges within the legal system. The people of the Bay Area had an advocate in Chuck Finney. I'm grateful to have met Chuck, and my heart goes out to his family. You will be missed.