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2012 Chapman Law Review Symposium

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.

Symposium Schedule:

Introduction: Dean Tom Campbell, Chapman University School of Law  

John W. Dean, former White House Counsel to President Nixon  

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

  • Scott Armstrong, former Senate Watergate Committee Investigator
  • Alexander Butterfield, former White House Aide to President Nixon
  • John W. Dean, former White House Counsel to President Nixon

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
  • Stephen 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
  • Attorney Arnold Rochvarg, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Jill Wine-Banks, former Assistant Watergate Prosecutor