Yesterday concluded the 2010 National Whistleblower Assembly. Staff from the National Whistleblowers Center participated in a number of panels on major issues facing the whistleblower community. Richard Renner provided practice tips as part of the know your rights panel, Stephen M. Kohn discussed first amendment protections for doctors at the medical whistleblower workshop and David K. Colapinto presented current rights for FBI employees at the protecting FBI whistleblowers workshop.
Also at the assembly, the Make it Safe Coalition honored UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld with it’s “Tax Whistleblower of the Year Award”. As those who follow our blog know, Mr. Birkenfeld blew the whistle on the largest tax fraud scheme in history, and remains the only banker involved in the scheme to receive a prison sentence. Mr. Birkenfeld’s brother, Douglas Birkenfeld, attended the assembly and accepted the award on his behalf, as Mr. Birkenfeld is currently incarcerated in federal prison. The award presentation is below: