Watergate Forty Years Later: What Lessons Have We Learned?

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Date/Time:Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 at 8:00 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
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Former Iowa Congressman Edward Mezvinsky and New York Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings. They will participate in a discussion with Jonathan Yarowsky, who was General Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. James McCormick, professor and chair of the Iowa State Political Science Department, will moderate.

Edward Mezvinsky was a congressman representing Iowa's 1st congressional district in the House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977 and served on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings.

Elizabeth Holtzman served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and sat on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate. She also sat on the subcommittee hearing President Ford's testimony about the Nixon pardon. She subsequently served eight years as District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in New York City. Holtzman was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She is the coauthor of Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution-and What We Can Do About It. She works at counsel with Herrick Feinstein in New York City.

Jonathan Yarowsky served as general counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 1988-1995. He was the chief committee staff liaison with House and Senate leadership and the White House and was responsible for developing the legislative policy agenda for the Full Committee and overseeing substantive work of six subcommittees. Prior to serving as general counsel of the Full Committee, Mr. Yarowsky served as chief counsel for the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law. He also served as special associate counsel to President Clinton from 1995 to 1998.

James McCormick, professor and chair of the Iowa State Political Science Department, will moderate.