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Watergate, Pentagon Papers Figure among UW Law Week Speakers

October 20, 2011

Egil "Bud" Krough, the Nixon administration lawyer who served prison time for ordering the break-in of Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, will be among speakers during University of Wyoming Law Week Oct. 24-28.

The Wyoming Supreme Court will hear oral arguments during the week's activities.

Sponsored by the Potter Law Club, Law Week events are free and open to the public in the College of Law building. The complete schedule of events can be found on the College of Law website. Continuing legal education credits are available at all events. For more information, contact Courtney Gilbert,, phone (307) 766-6416.

Krogh's talk is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 178. Nixon aide John Ehrlichman made Krogh head of the White House "Special Investigation Unit" charged with investigating information given covertly to the press by administration staffers. Krogh and his associates were known as the "Plumbers" -- a secret team of operatives charged with fixing "leaks." When the administration decided to pursue the Pentagon Papers leakers, it was Krogh who approved the September 1971 burglary of the office of Lewis Fielding, the psychiatrist seeing Daniel Ellsberg.

Krogh pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to violate Fielding's civil rights and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. He was sentenced to two to six years in prison, though he served only four and a half months.

The Law Week Schedule:

Monday, Oct. 24, noon -- Rural Law Center/Career Services Panel examines issues and ethical considerations rural practitioners confront in Wyoming.

7 p.m. -- Big Horn River adjudication and Western Water Rights panel discussion.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, noon -- James Huffman, former dean of the Lewis and Clark Law School, discusses competing land use and development problems on public lands, Room 170.

5:30 p.m. -- Krogh discusses "Good People, Bad Choices and Life Lessons from the White House," Room 178.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, noon, -- "The Minority Perspective from the Bench," Administrative Law judges Dickie Montemayo, Social Security Administration, and Lucilia Rosas, Equal Opportunity Commission, Room 170.

6 p.m. -- Attorneys Bryony Heise and Bobbie Masters discuss "U-Visa: Assisting Victims of Crime," Room 170.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. -- Wyoming Supreme Court Oral Arguments in the cases of: Landeroz v. Wyoming (link: and Bedessem v. Cunningham (link:, followed by question and answer session, Room 178.

Friday, Oct. 28, noon -- Dhaivat H. Shah discusses the current securities litigation issues stemming from the 2008 market turmoil, Room 170.

1 p.m. -- Robert Q. Lee discusses barriers to international transactions faced by American lawyers with a special emphasis on China, Room 170.

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