This Week's Guests

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Ryan Walters
Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ryan Walters taught eight years as a high school history teacher in his hometown at McAlester High School (MHS). During his time at MHS, Walters taught Advanced Placement (AP) courses in World History, U.S. History and U.S. Government. He also taught on-level history classes, special education classes and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) named Walters as an Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2016. He is passionate about the students of Oklahoma and advocating for their immediate and long-term success. 

In September 2020, Governor Kevin Stitt named Walters as Secretary of Public Education. As Secretary of Education, he was responsible for various agencies, boards, and commissions, including the State Board of Education, College and University Boards of Regents or Trustees, Office of Educational Quality and Accountability and the State Board of Career and Technology Education. 

Walters taught AP U.S. History at Millwood High School and McAlester High School. He is empowering teachers, parents and community leaders to improve Oklahoma’s education system for all students and previously served as Executive Director of Oklahoma Achieves, an education initiative of the State Chamber of Oklahoma that sought to get the business community more actively engaged in education. 

He is a lifelong advocate of improving Oklahoma’s education system and helping every student reach their full potential. 

A loving husband to his wife Katie, Walters has four children — Violet (6), Ella (4), Benjamin (2) and newborn Samuel. 

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Jim Trusty
Former DOJ Proscutor / Former Attorney to President Trump

James M. Trusty After 28 years as a prosecutor, James (“Jim”) Trusty brings to Ifrah Law extensive experience in complex, multi-district white collar litigation, especially in matters involving RICO, The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and The Money Laundering Control Act of 1986. As the federal government continues to apply increasingly broad interpretations of these statutes in its investigations and prosecutions of white collar defendants, corporations and individuals can face the threat of exponentially higher monetary penalties and added jail time. To clients defending against such allegations, Jim offers the insider’s view on how federal cases are built, investigations pursued and settlements negotiated. Ranked by Chambers USA as one of America’s leading lawyers for litigation in White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations, the publication notes, “Former prosecutor James Trusty offers deep expertise in white-collar litigation….,” and clients told Chambers researchers, “James has a good personality and kept me at ease,” and that he “is a well-versed, high-stakes type individual white-collar lawyer.” Joining Ifrah Law after a long career in public service, most recently as Chief of the Organized Crime Section at the United States Department of Justice, Jim now focuses his practice on the litigation and resolution of complex disputes for clients in a broad array of industries facing issues ranging from cybersecurity and computer fraud, to civil RICO and asset forfeiture. For seven years, Jim served in the DOJ’s Criminal Division, where he was ultimately responsible for investigating and prosecuting regional, national, and international cases, supervising significant pleadings and providing strategic and tactical guidance in complex investigations and multi-defendant trials. In addition to running the RICO review unit, he also was in charge of establishing and promoting policies focused on immigration reform, firearms trafficking, proposed Congressional testimony for DOJ officials, and internet gambling. Significant and sensitive matters on which he worked include the post-conviction review of Alaska corruption cases related to U.S. v. Theodore Stevens, the investigation into allegations of misconduct by a sitting U.S. Attorney and one of her Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and numerous death penalty cases. Prior to his work at DOJ, Jim acted as Assistant U.S. Attorney in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of white collar and other criminal cases, including The Washington area Sniper investigation. Jim regularly speaks at conferences, seminars, and training sessions on topics related to complex litigation and criminal law. In addition to numerous pro bono projects, Jim has coached several Mock Trial teams at American University Washington College of Law. Jim has been awarded numerous honors over the course of his career including the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, Federal Prosecutor of the Year, Community Prosecuting Award, and the Child Abuse Protection Award, to name only a few. In 2018, Jim was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on The Task Force to Study Maryland’s Criminal Gang Statutes. The Task Force will review and consider the efficacy of existing state laws as they apply to gang-related criminal activity in the state. After their review is complete, the Task Force will present their findings and recommendations to the Governor.

Fred Klett
Comedian

Fred Klett, based out of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin has crafted his sterling reputation from decades of stand-up comedy. Known for a clean style, original material, zany outlooks, impeccable timing, unique delivery and belly laughs, Fred is a sought-after comedian that entertains across all demographics. 

As the second child of ten, Fred had a built-in audience to hone his comedic skills at an early age.  While earning his finance degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Fred seized his first opportunity to perform stand-up comedy; entertaining his fellow Warhawk classmates at various campus settings.  During college summer breaks, Fred continued to perfect his style by performing at Marriott’s (now Six Flags) Great America. 

Upon graduation from college, Fred followed in his dad’s footsteps as a Prudential sales rep.  However, his passion for comedy would not be dissuaded and he continued to perform stand-up comedy.  Fred’s comedy career took off after winning Showtime’s “Funniest Man in Milwaukee” contest.  This victory helped propel him to become a national headliner for comedy clubs across America.  Since then, he has performed with comedians Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Craig Ferguson and opened for musical superstars such as George Benson, Sheena Easton and Ricky Skags.  The members of the iconic rock band, Kansas, were smitten with Fred’s ability to generate laughter without resorting to innuendo or profanity.  They personally asked Fred to tour nationally with their group Kansas (which he happily did). 

In addition to performing across America, Fred has performed internationally on elite cruise ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, St. Lawrence Seaway, Australia/New Zealand, Fiji, Russia and the Antarctic. 

Fred also has numerous tv credits such as Showtime, A&E, NBC Friday Night Video, ABC Nightship, Comedy Channel and Dry Bar Comedy.  His recent Dry Bar special has amassed over 65 million on-line views and generated hundreds of thousands of likes and tens of thousands of responses.  A sampling of 500 responses to both his Dry Bar and LIVE specials indicated 20% of his fans are from outside the USA, representing over 50 countries.  Fred’s comedy has attained international status as his clean style and original material carry a universal appeal. 

Fred is married to Nancy and they have three sons and two grandchildren.  He continues to perform for private and public events, on cruise ships, as well as with his son Gus.  In 2023, Fred is proud to have introduced this new father-son comedy format, the only one of its kind in America.