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Stephen Kohn enjoys speaking to both large and small groups, students and professionals, the general public and government officials. Please do not hesitate to request Mr. Kohn to participate in a Podcast, teach a class, give a book reading, or speaker at a conference.

Kohn is one of the most sought after speakers on whistleblowing. He has been interviewed on almost every major TV-show, participated in countless radio programs and podcasts, he has spoken throughout the United States and internationally on every conceivable issue related to whistleblowing.

Years before he became a lawyer Kohn developed a love for public speaking. In High School he debated on radio on behalf of George McGovern in the 1972 election, he served as President of the Student Body at Boston University, participating in countless public appearances, often with luminaries such as his Professor Howard Zinn. He graduated with honors as an education major at Boston University, successfully student teaching both at the Charles Street Jail and Chelsea High School in Massachusetts. He taught at Prince George’s County Community College and the Antioch School of Law, and currently is an adjunct professor in Whistleblower Law at Northeastern University.

As a leading whistleblower attorney and author, below is a partial listing of some of his public appearances:

Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Presentations sponsored by U.S. Embassy:

  • Public Presentation: “The Fight Against Corruption and the Role of the Citizen, the Role of the Whistleblower”
  • Presentation to the President of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Participation in the Founding Assembly of “Uzbunjivaci protiv korupcije,” a Bosnian anti-corruption and whistleblower advocacy organization
  • Presentation and meeting with the Chairwoman of the House of Parliament for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Presentation and meeting with Assistant Minster of Justice
  • Public Lecture, Faculty of Criminal Justice
  • Presentation and meeting with President of State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Presentation and meeting with the Director of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption
  • Round Table private discussion and presentation with U.S. Ambassador, Members of Parliament and leadership of anti-corruption organizations
  • Presentation to Staff of U.S. Embassy
  • Presentation and meeting with head of anti-corruption committee for the Republika Srpska Parliament
  • Presentation and Meeting with Commission for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Projection
  • Presentation and meeting with President of Anti-Corruption Council
  • Presentation and meeting with Association of Serbian Judges
  • Presentation and meeting with Anticorruption Agency
  • Presentation and meeting with Prosecutor General’s Office
  • Presentation before journalist and NGO workshop
  • Presentation before Round Table sponsored by “The Whistle” newspaper

Republic of Montenegro: Presentations sponsored by the U.S. Embassy:

  • Presentation and Meeting with Director, Anti-Corruption Agency
  • Presentation and Meeting with Assistant Minister of Interior
  • Presentation and Meeting with Minister for EU Integration
  • Presentation and Meeting with Judges and Prosecutors
  • Presentation before the Public Procurement Commission
  • Presentation at the Law Faculty
  • Public Address before the Witness Protection Seminar

Prague, Czech Republic: European Union Whistleblower Protection Project. International Roundtable. Presentation sponsored by U.S. Department of State.

Republic of Hungary (2008): Presentations sponsored by U.S. Embassy:

  • Private meeting and presentation with Minister of Justice
  • Private meeting and presentation with Minister for European Integration
  • Formal Presentation to inter-cabinet Anti-Corruption Commission
  • Private meeting and presentation to Members of Parliament from four major political parties
  • Private meeting and presentation to leading newspaper editors and publishers
  • Public presentation before leading representatives of anti-corruption NGOs
  • Public presentation before the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary

Republic of Peru: International Annual Conference on Integrity hosted by the Comptroller General of the Republic of Peru (keynote)

Athens Greece: First international conference on whistleblowers)(keynote address)

Denmark: Testimony before the Danish Parliament

Belgium: Testimony before the European Union Parliament

State Department Sponsored World Visitor Presentations: Over 50 presentations to representatives from over 75 countries

Thailand: U.S. Agency for International Development Asian Conference on Wildlife Trafficking

Kenya: Training of government officials from Kenya and Tanzania (customs inspectors re: the detection of illegal wildlife trafficking)

United Kingdom: Offshore Alert International Money Laundering Conferences

  • Administrative Conference of the United States
  • American Bar Association Center for Continuing Legal Education
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • American Library Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, National College of Advocacy
  • Antioch School of Law
  • Annual Whistleblower Summits
  • Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • College of Notre Dame
  • The Conference Board
  • Consortium of Peace Research, Education and Development
  • Council on Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Democratic Policy Committee
  • Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Employment Justice Center
  • Dow Jones
  • Ethics & Compliance Officer Association
  • Fourth National Scientific Assembly for Environmental Health
  • George Washington University School of Law
  • Georgetown University Law Center Continuing Legal Education
  • Guilford College
  • Howard University
  • Lead Industries Association
  • NASA Inspector General Training
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • New England School of Law
  • New York Public Library
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Office of Inspectors General
  • Offshore Alert International Money Laundering Conference (Miami)
  • Presidential Council on Integrity and Efficiency
  • Rand Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance
  • Rethinking Animals National Conference
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History,
  • Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Southern Community Labor Conference on Environmental Justice
  • Stockton State College
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • Washington College of Law, American University
  • Western California Law School
  • U.S. Congress House Whistleblower Caucus
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges
  • Guest, “ABC World News Tonight”
  • Guest, “BBC World News Tonight,” BBC-TV
  • Guest, “Burden of Proof,” CNN-TV
  • Guest, “Capital Gains,” Bloomberg TV
  • Guest, “CBS Evening News”
  • Guest, “CNN World News”
  • Guest, “Crosstalk,” MSNBC-TV
  • Guest, “CSNBC
  • Guest, “The Early Show,” CBS-TV
  • Guest, “Good Morning America,” ABC-TV
  • Guest, “The Jack Ford Show,” MSNBC-TV
  • Guest, “Hannity & Colmes,” FOXNEWS-TV
  • Guest, “Hardball,” MSNBC-TV
  • Guest, “The Johnnie Cochran Show”, Court-TV
  • Guest, “Larry King Live,” CNN-TV
  • Guest, “Miller’s Law,” Court-TV
  • Guest, “NBC Nightly News”
  • Guest, “Nightline,” ABC-TV
  • Guest, “The O’Reilly Factor,” FOXNEWS-TV
  • Guest, “Primetime Live,” ABC-TV
  • Guest, “Rivera Live.” MSNBC
  • Guest, “The Today Show,” NBC-TV
  • Guest, “Close-Up,” C-SPAN-TV
  • Guest, “60 Minutes,” CBS-TV
  • Guest, “Washington Journal.” CSPAN-TV
  • Hearings before the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, “Hearing on S. 1538, the Federal Employee Protection of Disclosures Act” (November 12, 2003) (Testimony on behalf of National Whistleblower Center). Hearings before the Committee on Science of the House of Representatives, “EPA’s Sludge Rule: Closed Minds or Open Debate” (March 22, 2000) (Testimony on behalf of National Whistleblower Center).
  • Hearings before the Committee on Government Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives,
  • “What Price Free Speech” (June 29, 2006) (expert testimony on impact of Supreme Court decision in Garcetti v. Ceballos).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, “Administrative Oversight of the Investigation of TWA Flight 800” (May 10, 1999) (attorney for witness).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, “Oversight Hearings on the FBI Crime Lab” (September 29, 1997) (Testimony as attorney for witness).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Crime of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, “Oversight Hearings on the Activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (May 13, 1997) (attorney for witness).
  • Joint Hearings before the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Subcommittee and Legislation and National Security Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Government Operations, “Elevation of the Environmental Protection Agency to a Cabinet-Level Department (May 6, 1993) (Testimony on behalf of National Whistleblower Center).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Governmental Regulations of the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, “Office of Government Ethics Regulation on Private Travel Payments” ( March 5, 1992) (Testimony on behalf of National Whistleblower Center).
  • Hearings before the Subcommittee on Nuclear Regulation of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, “Secret Settlement Agreements at Nuclear Power Plants” (May 4, 1989) (representation of witness).
  • Hearings before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee (2007)
  • “Mistreatment of Iraq Contacting Whistleblowers”
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