Friday, October 21, 2011
An announcement from the web page of the D.C. Bar:
On November 17 The George Washington University (GWU) will host a historic seminar on the Watergate scandal and how it influenced current legal ethics rules, featuring former Nixon White House counsel John W. Dean.
“The Leagacy of Watergate” focuses on the week after the Watergate break-in and uses Dean’s conversations with those involved as a case study to compare and contrast the applicable rules in 1972 with the ensuing rule changes.
Using his experience as President Richard Nixon’s counsel, Dean will explore an attorney’s obligations under current rules of professional conduct when the attorney uncovers wrongdoing within the organization he or she represents.
Participants will watch a film of Dean’s 1973 Senate testimony, review documents and personal notes, and listen to White House tapes that ultimately forced Nixon to resign. The course offers continuing legal education credit for other jurisdictions. Check with your state bar for ethics credit details.
The course takes place from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at GWU’s Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW. The cost is $150; GWU alumni and Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association members are eligible for the $75 discount rate.
As a law student, I was a research assistant with the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities AKA the Ervin Committee. This is a great opportunity to learn history from one who lived it. (Mike Frisch)