Watergate: From Nixon to Trump-A Unique Look at Executive Power
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When: Friday, May 4, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Embassy Suites La Vista
12520 Westport Pkwy
La Vista, Nebraska  68128
United States

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MCLE Accreditation
NE Activity #154368 (Regular/live), #154367 (Distance learning).  3.0 Hours Ethics
IA Activity #290271 (Regular/live), #290270 (Distance learning). 3 CLE hours/.5 ethics

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$195 - Regular Registration
$150 - NSBA dues-paying member (discounted price for NSBA dues-paying members)
Free - Law Students

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1:00 pm   Introduction and Welcome

1:15 pm   Watergate’s Impact on Shaping the Model Rules of Professional Conduct

1:45 pm   Trump/Nixon: Authoritarian Personalities and Psychology of Cover-Ups

2:15 pm   Slipping into Obstruction: How Reporting Up May have Changed History; Explore the First Week After the Cover-Up with White House Tapes

2:45 pm   Break

3:00 pm   Smoking Gun Tape: Obstruction of Justice

3:45 pm   Reporting Up: 8 Months After Watergate, John Dean’s Cancer on the Presidency Warning

4:15 pm   Wrap Up: The Need for Civic Engagement

4:30 pm   Adjourn


John W. 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 1,000 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 is working on his 12th book (10th since retiring), 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 D. Robenalt
Jim 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 a recognized leader in judicial reform in Ohio. Jim teaches and instructs on the legal ethics and the representation of an organization under new Model Rules 1.13 and 1.6. Using John Dean as fact witness and Watergate as a case study, Jim and Mr. Dean have developed an interactive, fast-paced program that explores the duties of an attorney representing an organization when wrongdoing is uncovered. Rule 1.13 defines “organization” broadly, including corporations, partnerships, unions, governmental entities and the like.