Upcoming speakers offer insights on key points in history - Little Rock Nine member Carlotta Walls LaNier discusses her path: Bud Krogh talks Nixon White House

For Immediate Release
06/16/2015 

Kate Coscarelli
Sr. Managing Director of Communications
732-937-7548

Two speakers will discuss tumultuous times in our nation’s past and what the future holds at a pair of upcoming events.

On June 22, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s educational arm, the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, will welcome Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest of a group of nine students to desegregate one of Little Rock’s high schools.

The following week on June 30, Egil “Bud” Krogh, former President Nixon’s deputy counsel, will headline a discussion on integrity. Both events will be held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

Reporters and photographers are invited to cover the events.

The June 22 “Living History: A Conversation with Carlotta Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine” program explores the path LaNier took as a member of the first group of black students to attend Central High School. In Sept. 1957, the students were initially barred from attending classes by an angry mob and the National Guard. It wasn’t until later that month that President Dwight D. Eisenhower intervened. LaNier went onto to become the first black female to graduate from the high school. In 1999, she received the Congressional Gold Medal. She is now a real estate broker.

In addition to LaNier, American Bar Association President-Elect Paulette Brown, and several New Jersey attorneys, including Thomas H. Prol, president-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association, will discuss the past, present and future of the legal profession and society. 

Lessons on integrity after scandal

On June 30, Bud Krogh will talk about his involvement in the scandal that brought down Nixon and the lessons it taught him about integrity. 

In 1971, Krogh was White House deputy counsel. He was tasked with stopping leaks and became head of the Special Investigations Unit, later known as the White House Plumbers. In that role, Krogh authorized burglary in an effort to discredit Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times

Krogh later spoke out, and was the sole White House-based conspirator to plead guilty. He refused to trade inside information for a reduced sentence and served over four months in prison. Following his released, he was disbarred.

He then taught at Golden Gate University urging students to avoid the course he took. In 1980, he successfully petitioned to be readmitted to the bar and has been practicing ever since.

At the seminar, he will address his path, the lessons he learned and what it takes for lawyers to live and practice with personal integrity.

Click here for the NJICLE website to register.

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