Friday, January 27, 2012

On June 17, 1972, five burglars were arrested in the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate complex. During the next ten days, decisions were made that doomed Nixon's presidency and ultimately led to the most publicized legal and political conspiracy to date. Forty years later, the legacy of Watergate is much more than just a fading memory; legislation was born in the scandal's aftermath, rules of legal ethics were shaped to prevent future scandals and presidential powers and immunities were altered forever. For many of us, Watergate is just history, but for the legal community, it is a pivotal marker in the development of modern law.

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Friday, January 27th


Tom Campbell, Chapman University

Keynote Dialogue

John W. Dean, Former White House Counsel

Panel I: President Nixon’s Secret Tapes: Evidence that Politically, Legally and Historically Defined Watergate(and More)

Scott Armstrong, Senate Watergate Committee Investigator
Alexander Butterfield, Former White House Aide
John W. Dean, Former White House Counsel

Panel II: The Constitutional Significance of Watergate: New Perspectives

J. Richard Broughton, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Jonathan L. Entin, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Steven M. Griffin, Tulane University Law School
Ronald D. Rotunda, Chapman University School of Law
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University College of Law

Panel III: The Legacy of Watergate: Reform 40 Years Later

Laurel Rigertas, Northern Illinois University College of Law
James Robenalt, Litigation
Arnold Rochvarg, University of Baltimore School of Law
Jill Wine-Banks, Assistant Watergate Prosecutor