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CLE: From Nixon to Trump
November 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join the BADC, in partnership with Thompson Hine LLP, for a CLE program on “What Lawyers Can Learn About Dealing With Difficult CEOs.” An application for one hour of CLE credit is pending before the Virginia state bar.
An Exploration of Model Rule 1.13 of the Code of Professional Responsibility
News stories these days are rife with comparisons between Richard Nixon and Donald Trump. Of special note are comparisons relating to FBI investigations and claims of obstruction of justice.
But lawyers can learn more than just the historical analogy. Trump and Nixon represent a kind of leadership that lawyers encounter frequently in their practices. As such, it helps to study personality traits and psychology.
This seminar will use Princeton Professor Daniel Kahneman’s work on the psychology of cover-ups to bring forth lessons on Model Rule 1.13 (Organization as Client). Who is the client? What should a lawyer be looking for when dealing with a difficult CEO? What are a lawyer’s ethical obligations if the management of a company or governmental agency is engaged in ongoing crime or fraud, including obstruction of justice?
Participants will listen to Oval Office tapes recorded days after the Watergate break-in as a real-time example of a president falling into the loss frame and starting a cover-up that will ruin his presidency.
Lawyers need to be aware of these psychological dynamics to keep themselves out of trouble, too.
Presenter: Jim Robenalt
Robenalt is a partner at Thompson Hine and an author. He lectures nationally with John W. Dean, Nixon’s White House Counsel and CNN contributor. Robenalt and Dean partnered to develop the material (see more at www.watergatecle.com) for this program.
Admission is FREE.
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