Whistleblower Protection at the Government Accountability Project
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The Spring and Fall semesters turned out to be very busy for the GAP Whistleblower clinic student attorneys. There was—and is— much happening on the legislative, litigation and international fronts.
Damon Adams, Kasey Dunton, LaTasha Riley and Ajene Turnbull have assisted GAP Legal Director, Tom Devine, ‘79, in his continued efforts to shine light on the mismanagement of whistleblower cases at the OSC. The students also assisted the GAP and Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s efforts in getting new D.C. whistleblower legislation introduced during the 2007-08 legislative session.
Several students were given the opportunity to work with GAP colleagues and adjunct counsel on litigation arising both locally and on the national stage. Teresa Fulford, Meredith Gitangu and Melissa Mathu all worked with adjunct counsel Jason Zuckerman on several local cases—all in various stages of litigation. These students were often called upon to review hundreds of pages of discovery documents, interview clients and to prepare issue memos in anticipation of the filing of filing whistleblower complaints before such agencies as the Department of Labor and the Merit Systems Protection Board. Suzanne Sable and Denise Sanchez assisted the GAP litigators with preparing a U.S. District Court whistleblower complaint for two former State Department contractors who raised concerns regarding the safety of United States citizens working abroad. Scott Peary has been flying solo this semester—working exclusively with UDC law school graduates Doug Hartnett and Eda Elitok on whistleblower and wrongful termination litigation for a former District of Columbia Government Employee.
On the international front Kristen Acuna, Keisha Potter and Harry Valcourt all gave their much-needed and thoroughly detailed research and writing efforts to a GAP investigative team tasked with looking into alleged prosecutorial abuse of investor whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.