From Nixon to Trump: The Limits of Executive Power

A CLE event sponsored by the Holloran Center, the Professional Education Group and Greene Espel PLLP

Date & Time:

Thursday, September 28, 2017
3:00 PM - 6:15 PM


$199 General Admission; $99 St. Thomas Law Alumni & Mentors; St. Thomas Law students, faculty and staff are admitted free


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Schulze Grand Atrium
1101 Harmon Place, Minneapolis
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Application has been made for 3 CLE hours, including 1 hour of ethics.

Former White House counsel John Dean's direct knowledge of the application (and misapplication) of presidential powers, and attorney and author Jim Robenalt's encyclopedic knowledge of the presidency and the courts combine to offer 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.


John W. Dean

Before becoming counsel to the president of the United States in July 1970 at age 31, 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 President Richard Nixon's White House lawyer for 1,000 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 J.D. 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 (10th since retiring), which returns to Watergate and is based on material only recently made available.

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

This event is cohosted by The Professional Education GroupGreene Espel PLLP and the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact the Holloran Center at (651) 962-4851.

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