Essential Pittsburgh
12:29 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

John Dean on How Watergate Revolutionized Legal Ethics

John Dean speaks about legal ethics and the legacy of Watergate
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Forty years ago, John Dean was a young attorney with the the job of a lifetime, White House counsel to the President of the United States Richard Nixon. But that year he was called to testify before the Senate Watergate Committee and it was his testimony that ultimately linked President Nixon to the scandal that would bring down his presidency. John Dean and his business partner Jim Robenalt recently gave a talk at the Allegheny County Bar Association on How Watergate Revolutionized Legal Ethics.

View an interactive timeline of the Watergate Scandal, courtesy of TimeToast:

Essential Pittsburgh
12:27 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Watergate's Legacy and Legal Ethics (Web-Extra)

David Harris is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Pittsburgh Law School
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Our legal contributor, University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris talks about the lessons attorneys learned from the Watergate era and why lawyers must now consider more than just attorney client privilege.

"Before John Dean, a lawyer had two choices, keep his or her mouth shut or quit. And that was it."

Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Watergate: Promoting a Legacy With a Fair-Minded Approach

President Nixon with edited transcripts of White House tape conversations during a broadcast of his address to the Nation in 1974.
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The word Watergate carries so many powerful connotations in American culture. It describes a place, a crime, a cover-up, legal and congressional investigations...So when dedicating a place of honor to a dignitary like Richard Nixon, how do you provide a balanced representation? Tim Naftali, former director of the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum talks about being tasked with producing a fair-minded representation of Nixon and the Watergate scandal. And Alexander Butterfield, is the deputy assistant to President Nixon, who told investigators that the president had been taping conversations. He talks about what it was like to provide the revelation that changed the trajectory of the Watergate affair. Both gentlemen are panelists for a University of Pittsburgh lecture titled Watergate: Third-Rate Burglary or Historical Turning Point? Catch a live stream of the talk on March 28th at 7:30pm