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Immense Support Shown for Whistleblowers at Historic Three-Day Event

Last week, members of Congress, agency leaders, whistleblower advocates, and whistleblowers gathered in a virtual format to commemorate National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. This landmark event included keynote speakers, panels of experts, and recognition of those who risked their careers and personal lives to report wrongdoing.

National Whistleblower Day 2021 was the largest gathering of whistleblower supporters in history, and stretched across three days beginning Wednesday, July 28th.

Day one (July 28th) focused on global whistleblowers and the urgent need for countries to adopt effective whistleblower laws and protections. Panels included experts from Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as Apple whistleblower Thomas Le Bonniec. UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, recipient of the largest IRS whistleblower award in history, spoke about the importance of creating effective reporting channels for corporate whistleblowers.

Day two (July 29th) featured several members of Congress and agency leaders who spoke about the importance of whistleblowers in government. Keynote speakers included Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden, as well as SEC Chair Gary Gensler and Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. “The cornerstone of democracy is an informed public,” Wyden said. “Whistleblowers are needed now more than ever.”

Other congressional speakers included Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Kathleen Rice, Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, and Rep. Jackie Speier.

Day three (July 30th), which is the official date of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day, was highlighted by the recognition of many whistleblowers who were being honored at the event. Other panels included Life After Whistleblowing, Federal Employee Whistleblowers, and How Whistleblowers Changed the FBI.

For a complete schedule of events and to watch each panel and speaker, see here.

Ben Kostyack also contributed to this article.

Copyright Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP 2021. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 214
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Mary Jane Wilmoth Whistleblower Attorney Kohn Kohn & Colapinto Law Firm
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Mary Jane Wilmoth is the firm’s managing partner. She litigated cases involving whistleblower protection for environmental and nuclear industry whistleblowers, and Qui Tam/False Claims whistleblowers. Ms. Wilmoth joined the firm in 1992 and worked on cases and hearings that involved complex nuclear and environmental regulations. In her efforts to uphold such safeguards in the American workplace, she has helped to strengthen whistleblower rights in licensing and...

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