Watergate—Dean’s Break with the White House: The Ethics of a Lawyer Representing an Organization in Reporting Crime or Fraud That Is Continuing - ALL NEW PROGRAM!

MCLE Credits: 3.0
Ethics Credits Included: 3.0

Live on Site: Monday, May 23 / Virginia Holocaust Museum, Richmond
Registration: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Program: 2:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Free optional reception and Rule of Law event at 5:30 p.m.
Live on Site: Tuesday, May 24 / George Mason School of Law, Arlington
Registration: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Program: 1:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Live on Site: Wednesday, May 25 / Waterford at Fair Oaks, Fairfax
Registration: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Live on Site: Thursday, May 26 / Nationals Park, Washington, DC - SOLD OUT
Registration: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Program: 3:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  Washington Nationals baseball game at 7:05 p.m.
MCLE Credit: 3.0 (Ethics: 3.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 3.0 Live Interactive MCLE Credit Symbol
Video on Site Options

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Why Attend?

  • Join us for this BRAND NEW Watergate seminar and take another engrossing look into this major event in presidential history and how it led to a defining change in legal ethics.
  • Earn 3 Ethics credits while exploring the duties of “reporting up” and “reporting out” under Rule 1.13, and exploring the ethics rules that apply when a lawyer discovers he or she has assisted a client in a crime or fraud, all in a high-stakes game, fraught with moral and ethical dilemmas. 
  • On May 23, pair it with a FREE optional reception and Rule of Law event at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. Guests not seeking CLE credit are welcome free of charge to the seminar and event as space permits.
  • On May 26, pair it with a Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game (includes infield box seat and $15 concession voucher.) LIMITED SEATS!

Featuring Former Nixon White House Counsel John W. Dean

Picking up where the wildly popular 2013 program left off, this ALL-NEW and COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ethics seminar uses White House tapes and relies on the encyclopedic work done by John Dean in his 2014 best-selling book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It.

Watergate changed the world we live in, and in doing so it also changed the world of legal ethics. This new program begins after Dean’s March 21, 1973, warning to President Richard Nixon that a “cancer” was growing on his presidency, and discusses the dramatic twists and turns, as Dean hires a lawyer, meets with prosecutors and eventually Senate investigators, and ultimately breaks with the president. He then becomes the target of the administration and somehow navigates through treacherous waters to safe harbor, ending the cover-up.

John Dean and Jim Robenalt’s CLE programs have been hailed by attendees across the country as the best CLE in the nation. Dean’s role as White House counsel is used as a case study to explore the ethics of representing an organization and the “report up” and “report out” requirements of Model Rule 1.13. As a lawyer for the organization, what are the duties and obligations if a report up to the highest authority within an organization has failed and crime or fraud continues? Rule 1.13 of the Code of Professional Conduct (the “Model Rules”) provides that the lawyer may “report out” what the lawyer knows, regardless of the duty of confidentiality imposed by Rule 1.6. And the lawyer’s duties become even more complicated if the lawyer has participated, knowingly or not, in the wrongdoing that gives rise to the reporting obligation. How then does the lawyer extricate himself or herself? When is resignation enough? When does a lawyer need to engage in a “noisy” withdrawal?

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These Watergate seminars have received glowing reviews both for their engaging presentation and for their relevance to the most current rules of legal ethics.  “Best CLE I have ever attended” has been a common reaction.

 

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Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE

RICHMOND

1:00 Registration
2:00 Program begins (will include 15-minute break)

Hour One:  Rule 1.13 and Watergate, a quick refresher on how John Dean’s testimony led to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and particularly the Organization as Client rule (Rule 1.13).  The remainder of the hour is a summary of leading events from June 1972 to February 1973, when Dean begins his direct reporting to the president.  A special review of the ethics rules that apply when a lawyer discovers he or she has assisted client crime or fraud.  Rules 1.2 (d), comment 10, and 1.16 resignation explored.

Hour Two:  Reporting-up under Rule 1.13.  This hour highlights the time frame from late February 1973, when Dean begins direct reporting to the president, to the first weeks of April, when Dean decides to break rank and report out.  The speakers review the lead-up to the “cancer on the presidency” warning on March 21, 1973, and subsequent events when the cover-up begins to unravel.  Psychology of cover-ups also discussed.

Hour Three:  Reporting-out under Rule 1.13—the perils of a lawyer as whistle-blower.  This segment explores in depth the weekend of April 14 and 15, when the cover-up dissolves and Dean breaks rank, reporting out to prosecutors and eventually the Senate to end the cover-up.  The dramatic weekend shows how the CEO who is caught in crime tries to use the lawyer, but the lawyer balks and reports out to authorities.  It is a high-stakes game, fraught with moral and ethical dilemmas.  And all caught on audio tape.

5:15 Adjourn
5:30 Optional Reception and Rule of Law event — Richmond attendees are welcome to bring a non-paying guest to the seminar and follow on Reception and Rule of Law event as space permits

ARLINGTON

12:30 Registration
1:30 Program begins (will include 15-minute break)

Hour One:  Rule 1.13 and Watergate, a quick refresher on how John Dean’s testimony led to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and particularly the Organization as Client rule (Rule 1.13).  The remainder of the hour is a summary of leading events from June 1972 to February 1973, when Dean begins his direct reporting to the president.  A special review of the ethics rules that apply when a lawyer discovers he or she has assisted client crime or fraud.  Rules 1.2 (d), comment 10, and 1.16 resignation explored.

Hour Two:  Reporting-up under Rule 1.13.  This hour highlights the time frame from late February 1973, when Dean begins direct reporting to the president, to the first weeks of April, when Dean decides to break rank and report out.  The speakers review the lead-up to the “cancer on the presidency” warning on March 21, 1973, and subsequent events when the cover-up begins to unravel.  Psychology of cover-ups also discussed.

Hour Three:  Reporting-out under Rule 1.13—the perils of a lawyer as whistle-blower.  This segment explores in depth the weekend of April 14 and 15, when the cover-up dissolves and Dean breaks rank, reporting out to prosecutors and eventually the Senate to end the cover-up.  The dramatic weekend shows how the CEO who is caught in crime tries to use the lawyer, but the lawyer balks and reports out to authorities.  It is a high-stakes game, fraught with moral and ethical dilemmas.  And all caught on audio tape.

4:45 Adjourn

FAIRFAX

8:00 Registration
9:00 Program begins (will include 15-minute break)

Hour One:  Rule 1.13 and Watergate, a quick refresher on how John Dean’s testimony led to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and particularly the Organization as Client rule (Rule 1.13).  The remainder of the hour is a summary of leading events from June 1972 to February 1973, when Dean begins his direct reporting to the president.  A special review of the ethics rules that apply when a lawyer discovers he or she has assisted client crime or fraud.  Rules 1.2 (d), comment 10, and 1.16 resignation explored.

Hour Two:  Reporting-up under Rule 1.13.  This hour highlights the time frame from late February 1973, when Dean begins direct reporting to the president, to the first weeks of April, when Dean decides to break rank and report out.  The speakers review the lead-up to the “cancer on the presidency” warning on March 21, 1973, and subsequent events when the cover-up begins to unravel.  Psychology of cover-ups also discussed.

Hour Three:  Reporting-out under Rule 1.13—the perils of a lawyer as whistle-blower.  This segment explores in depth the weekend of April 14 and 15, when the cover-up dissolves and Dean breaks rank, reporting out to prosecutors and eventually the Senate to end the cover-up.  The dramatic weekend shows how the CEO who is caught in crime tries to use the lawyer, but the lawyer balks and reports out to authorities.  It is a high-stakes game, fraught with moral and ethical dilemmas.  And all caught on audio tape.

12:15 Adjourn

WASHINGTON, DC—NATIONALS PARK*

2:30 Registration
3:30 Program begins (will include 15-minute break)

Hour One:  Rule 1.13 and Watergate, a quick refresher on how John Dean’s testimony led to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and particularly the Organization as Client rule (Rule 1.13).  The remainder of the hour is a summary of leading events from June 1972 to February 1973, when Dean begins his direct reporting to the president.  A special review of the ethics rules that apply when a lawyer discovers he or she has assisted client crime or fraud.  Rules 1.2 (d), comment 10, and 1.16 resignation explored.

Hour Two:  Reporting-up under Rule 1.13.  This hour highlights the time frame from late February 1973, when Dean begins direct reporting to the president, to the first weeks of April, when Dean decides to break rank and report out.  The speakers review the lead-up to the “cancer on the presidency” warning on March 21, 1973, and subsequent events when the cover-up begins to unravel.  Psychology of cover-ups also discussed.

Hour Three:  Reporting-out under Rule 1.13—the perils of a lawyer as whistle-blower.  This segment explores in depth the weekend of April 14 and 15, when the cover-up dissolves and Dean breaks rank, reporting out to prosecutors and eventually the Senate to end the cover-up.  The dramatic weekend shows how the CEO who is caught in crime tries to use the lawyer, but the lawyer balks and reports out to authorities.  It is a high-stakes game, fraught with moral and ethical dilemmas.  And all caught on audio tape.

6:45 Adjourn
*Detailed information on tickets (infield box seats), concessions voucher, registration, and seminar location in the Park will be sent to registrants in advance by e-mail.

Faculty

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS


John W. Dean

Before becoming Counsel to the President of the United States in July 1970 at age thirty-one, 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.

Mr. Dean 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 J.D. in 1965.

Mr. Dean initially recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition (1976) and Lost Honor (1982). He recently published The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It (2014), his 12th book (10th since retiring), which returns to Watergate and is based on new material now available.  It was this material that prompted him and Mr. Robenalt to develop this CLE.  Mr. Dean 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. 

James David Robenalt

Jim Robenalt is a partner and former Chair of the Business Litigation group at Thompson Hine LLP’s Cleveland office.  Mr. Robenalt 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.

Mr. Robenalt 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, he 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.

Locations, Dates and Fees

LIVE REGISTRATION FEES: RICHMOND, ARLINGTON, AND FAIRFAX

$220 regular registration (printed materials included).
$235 on-site registration (if space is available) (printed materials included).

Richmond attendees are welcome to bring guests not seeking CLE credit free of charge as space permits to the seminar, reception, and Rule of Law event.

LIVE REGISTRATION FEE: WASHINGTON, DC — NATIONALS PARK

$300 (Includes the seminar, printed materials, refreshments, a $15 concessions voucher, and infield box seat.)  Seminar will occur rain or shine.  If the baseball game is rained out, your game ticket will serve as a “rain check” for the rescheduled game.) On-site registration is not available for the May 26 seminar.


LIVE LOCATIONS AND DATES

RICHMOND / Monday, May 23
Virginia Holocaust Museum (Venue Website / Google Map)
2000 E. Cary Street
(804) 257-5400

ARLINGTON / Tuesday, May 24
George Mason University School of Law (Venue Website / Google Map)
Founders Hall Auditorium
3301 Fairfax Drive

FAIRFAX / Wednesday, May 25
Waterford at Fair Oaks (Venue Website / Google Map)
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
(703) 352-3200

WASHINGTON, DC / Thursday, May 26
Nationals Park (Venue Website / Google Map)
1500 South Capitol Street, SE


Cancellation/transfer requests for the Richmond, Arlington, and Fairfax seminars will be honored until 5:00 p.m. the day preceding the seminar.
 

Cancellation/transfer requests for the Nationals Park seminar made after May 16 will incur an $80 cancellation fee for the cost of the game ticket and concessions voucher. Upon your request, we will either leave the ticket for you at the Will Call Box Office, OR attempt to find a replacement ticket purchaser. If we find a replacement ticket purchaser, we will refund you the $80 cancellation fee.

If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact Virginia CLE® well in advance of the program date.

Private recording of this program is prohibited.

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