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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.


Stimulate your civic Consciousness and Invigorate Your Passion as a Champion of the Rule of Law

The fascinating discussion will reveal the unchecked presidential powers that are plastered on the walls of American history:

  • Prior to Watergate - FDR's Sumner 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.
  • The future may be uncertain, but rest assured that the constitutional restriction on the office will be tested again!



Program Schedule

9:00 - 10:45

Background and Executive Powers

  • Who is the client for White House counsel (of attorneys representing organizations) Model Rule 1.13?
  • Reporting up: a lawyer's obligation where the organization is involved in ongoing crime or fraud
  • Reporting out: when crime or fraud cannot be stopped - understanding the prospect theory

Trump's Executive Power

  • Was Nixon correct: "When the president does it, that means it's not illegal?"
  • Why former Justice Souter (and the Model Rules) say understanding these issues are important for attorneys as guardians of the Constitution
  • Pre-Watergate unchecked presidential powers
  • Post-Watergate unchecked presidential powers
  • Checking President Trump's powers in general, and his influence on the Supreme Court more specifically

Selecting & Vetting Supreme Court Candidates

  • Will President Trump employ Nixonian hardball tactics to shape the U.S. Supreme Court?
  • How presidents select and vet potential justices


10:45 - 11:00



11:00 - 12:15

Selecting & Vetting Supreme Court Candidates (continued)

  • The Blackman appointment
  • The unexpected consequences of Harry Blackman's selection

The Implications for Trump of Nixon's Appointments of Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist

  • What Trump (and we) can learn from Nixon's appointment of Justices Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist
  • Analysis of political aspects of Supreme Court nominations



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Date Presented:
October 19, 2017 9:00 AM Eastern
3 hours, 15 minutes
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Presidential Power from Nixon to Now: Appointments, Scandals and Stories from the White House (Philadelphia, Simulcasts, Live Webcast)
Speaker Information
John Dean   [ view bio ]
James Robenalt   [ view bio ]
Presidential Power from Nixon to Now: Appointments, Scandals and Stories from the White House (Philadelphia, Simulcasts, Live Webcast) - Part 2
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Pennsylvania CLE
Substantive Credits: 2.00
Ethics Credits: 1.00
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  • Attend In-Person
    • The CLE Conference Center Wanamaker Bldg., 10th FL, Ste. 1010 Juniper Street Entrance Philadelphia PA 19107
  • Simulcast
    • ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 2895 West Pike Indiana PA 15701
    • Butler County Bar Association 240 S. Main Street Butler PA 16001
    • PBI Conference Center 5080 Ritter Road Mechanicsburg PA 17055
    • PBI Professional Development Conference Center Heinz 57 Center 339 Sixth Ave., 7th Fl. Pittsburgh PA 15222
    • Warren Library Association 205 Market Street Beckley Lab Warren PA 16365
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