From Nixon White House to Trump Tower

John Dean’s direct knowledge of the application (and misapplication) of presidential powers and Jim Robenalt’s encyclopedic knowledge of the presidency and the courts combine to offer you thoughtful and practical insight into what is happening in the halls of power, what might lie ahead, and more importantly, how the practicing bar can respond.

Unchecked Presidential Power are plastered on the walls of American history: 

Prior to Watergate – FDR’s Summer Welles Situation; Truman’s Steel Seizure; Eisenhower’s U-2 Incident; JFK’s Lady Friends; and LBJ’s Bobby Baker Investigation.

Even with its lessons, Watergate did not stem the tide – Goldwater vs. Carter; Reagan’s Iran-Contra; Clinton’s Impeachment and Pardon Powers;  Bush/Cheney & Iraq; and Obama’s Imperial Presidency.

Rest assured that the constitutional restrictions on the office will be tested again!

The future may be uncertain, but your enjoyment of this fascinating discussion is guaranteed to stimulate your civic consciousness and invigorate your passion as a champion of the rule of law.

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.

He 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 JD in 1965.

John recounted his days in the Nixon White House and Watergate in two books, Blind Ambition (1976) and Lost Honor (1982). He 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. He is working on his 12th book, which returns to Watergate and is based on material only recently made available.

Jame D. Robenalt

Jim is a partner and former Chair of the Business Litigation group at Thompson Hine LLP’s Cleveland office. Jim has won big verdicts for clients, including Avery Dennison ($81 million jury verdict on international espionage case) and Solvay Pharmaceuticals ($68 million arbitration award on drug co-promotion agreement).

Jim is 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. Jim teaches and instructs on the legal ethics and representation of an organization under Model Rules 1.13 and 1.6. Using John Dean as a fact witness and Watergate as a case study,  Jim and Mr. Dean have developed interactive, fast-paced programs that explore the duties of an attorney representing an organization when wrongdoing is uncovered.

The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement.  This activity may qualify for up to 3.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 3.0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.


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Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:00am to 9:00am
Downtown Phoenix campus
Beus Center for Law and Society, Room 644, Tempe campus
Chris Marohn