Attorneys will be able to get an inside look at the Watergate scandal and earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits during a presentation by former White House counsel John Dean and attorney James Robenalt.
Hanover College will host the session, “The Legacy of Watergate: Ethics of Representing an Entity Under the Current Model Rules,” from 2-5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Center for Fine Arts. The three-credit ethics course costs $200 per person and provides accreditation in Indiana and Kentucky. Limited seating is available.
Addressing the chronology and events that followed Dean’s Watergate testimony before the Senate Select Committee in the summer of 1973, in the first hour, Dean and Robenalt will tie those events to the American Bar Association’s formation of the Kutak Commission and to the creation of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility.
The new rules included report-up and report-out obligations when a lawyer represents an organization (whether corporate, governmental or an association). Though it took more than 30 years for the guidelines to be fully adopted by states, the model rules are one of Watergate’s enduring legacies.
Next, they will share information about the discovery of the Nixon Tapes and the White House recording system. The legal fight for the tapes resulted in the firing of Archibald Cox as special prosecutor and the Saturday Night Massacre.
Calls for Nixon’s impeachment resonated and once Dean’s testimony was corroborated fully, Nixon resigned. This was the first and only time in U.S. history that the president stepped down from office.
Finally, Dean and Robenalt give participants a front-row seat to one of the most important conversations ever held in the Oval Office. The taped conversion between Dean and Nixon, the “cancer warning,” illustrates an example of a lawyer reporting up to management an ongoing crime discovered within the organization.
Dean’s attempts to end the cover-up fail, and he ultimately “reports out,” but the lessons of the need for clarity and firmness by a lawyer in a report-up situation with a difficult chief executive are explored. This portion also includes a review of what behavioral scientists have to say about the psychology of cover-ups and presents new findings.
Hanover College reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances that would make the event non-viable. If an event is cancelled, all registrants will be offered a full refund for their purchased ticket(s). If an event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration.
Published Friday, August 15, 2014