NSBA to Host Unique CLE The Legacy of Watergate 4/09/18 04/10/18 4:11:57 PM
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NSBA to Host Unique CLE
The Legacy of Watergate:
Representing an Organization
When Wrongdoing is Uncovered
On Friday, May 4, 2018, the Nebraska State Bar Association will be hosting a unique CLE opportunity. John Dean, President Richard Nixon’s White House lawyer in 1970, together with Ohio lawyer and ethics presenter, James Robenalt will be presenting “The Legacy of Watergate: From Nixon to Trump: A Unique Look at Executive Power.”
Using John Dean as fact witness and Watergate as a case study, Mr. Robenalt and Mr. Dean have developed an interactive, fast-paced program that explores the duties of an attorney representing an organization when wrongdoing is uncovered. The lessons learned go beyond politics. Rule 1.13 defines “organization” broadly, including corporations, partnerships, unions, governmental entities and the like.
The program will also discuss:
• Watergate’s Impact on Shaping the Model Rules of Professional Conduct;
• Authoritarian Personalities and the Psychology of Cover-Ups;
• Slipping into Obstruction: Exploring the First Week After the Cover-Up with White House Tapes;
• The Smoking Gun Tape: Obstruction of Justice;
• Reporting Up: Eight Months After Watergate, John Dean’s Cancer on the Presidency Warning; and
• The Need for Civic Engagement.
The highly acclaimed program will be held at the Embassy Suites in La Vista from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. The program is accredited for three hours of CLE in Nebraska (three ethics) and Iowa (.5 ethics) and can be attended live or via webcast. The program is open to non-lawyers and is free for law students. For lawyers and law students, registration is available via the Nebraska State Bar Association’s website: www.nebar.com. Non-lawyers must register by calling 402-475-7091.
John Dean, before becoming Counsel to the President of the United States in July 1970 at age 31, John Dean was Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, the Associate Director of a law reform commission, and Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He served as Richard Nixon’s White House lawyer for a thousand days.
He did his undergraduate studies at Colgate University and the College of Wooster, with majors in English Literature and Political Science. He received a graduate fellowship from American University to study government and the presidency, before entering Georgetown University Law Center, where he received his JD in 1965.
John recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition (1976) and Lost Honor (1982). He lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife Maureen, and now devotes full time to writing and lecturing, having retired from his career as a private investment banker. He recently published his 12th book (10th since retiring), another New York Times bestseller, which returns to Watergate and is based on the new material now available. It was this material that prompted John and Jim to develop this CLE.
James David Robenalt is a partner and former Chair of the Business Litigation group at Thompson Hine LLP’s Cleveland office. Jim has won big verdicts for clients, including Avery Dennison ($81 million jury verdict on international espionage case) and Solvay Pharmaceuticals ($68 million arbitration award on drug co-promotion agreement). Jim is also the author of two non-fiction books dealing with the American presidency: Linking Rings, William W. Durbin and the Magic and Mystery of America (Kent State University Press 2004) and The Harding Affair, Love and Espionage During the Great War (Palgrave 2009). He is also a recognized leader in judicial reform in Ohio and teaches and instructs on the legal ethics and the representation of an organization under new Model Rules 1.13 and 1.6.
The program is also open to the public.