In 1971, Egil “Bud” Krogh, a 31-year-old White House deputy counsel, was tasked with finding and stopping security leaks and became head of the Special Investigations Unit; Krogh and associates familiarly became known as the “White House Plumbers.”
He authorized the burglary of Dr. Lewis Fielding’s office in an attempt to discredit Daniel Ellsberg, who released his Pentagon Papers without authorization. Krogh says it was his loyalty to the presidency and his belief that national security was at stake that led him to authorize the break in and lie to cover it up. In 1973, before any other involved parties admitted wrongdoing, Krogh spoke up.
Of the various White House-based conspirators, Krogh alone pled guilty and refused to trade inside information for a reduced sentence. He was disbarred and went to prison. In 1980, Krogh successfully petitioned to be readmitted to the bar and has been in practice since. Through this program, Krogh tells his story — from rising young presidential counsel, to his indictment and prison sentence, to redemption and the power of choosing to do what is right.
In January 2009, Krogh joined the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress as a senior fellow on leadership, ethics and integrity. Part of the Center’s mission is to promote “civility, character and inclusive public leadership.” Krogh contributes to the ethics training initiative for political appointees and to the National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership, which focuses on ethics and leadership for young people.
This program track may qualify for up to 3.0 hours MCLE/Ethics.
INTEGRITY: Good People, Bad Choices & Life Lessons from the White House
Practicing law puts into your hands the dual mantels of the trust of your clients and the public trust in the legal system. Bud Krogh was at the center of one of the most storied breaches of public trust in American history. Through prison, disbarment and reinstatement, he learned to recognize the subtle approach and drastic consequences of the collision of noble aspirations, internal loyalties, external pressures and ethical codes.
Krogh’s journey to epiphany manifests itself in The Integrity Zone — a system that calls upon our intellect and inner angels to put actionable legs to the spirit of the ethical rules. No matter where you practice, your rules of professional conduct provide a strong skeleton to help you maintain the trust bestowed upon you. The rules tell you what not to do. But what is it that you should do?
It’s easy to turn down a capital murder case if you know you’re not competent in that arena. But what do you do when your practice group leader, or your most lucrative client compels you to do something you’re just not sure of? Krogh will give you the questions you must answer to yourself before taking on such projects and tell you of the positive consequences of saying no. This lesson comes with impact from a man who now knows that he should have said no to the President of the United States on more than one occasion. Krogh goes on to explain how these core questions of The Integrity Zone are applied to give you plain answers to many vexing, complex and often hidden ethical snares.
This engaging, entertaining and inspirational presentation provides concrete examples of the threats to integrity in the practice of law, in business and in government service. More importantly, it offers a perpetual framework and focused methods to overcome such threats. Unrestrained interaction with the audience is a hallmark of Krogh’s highly-acclaimed programs.
Krogh has done extensive research into the dynamic of “the situational dominating the dispositional” - where you are and what’s happening is more likely to effect the outcome than who you are. He will expand on this theory and its implications to your practice throughout the day. If you’ve attended the program before, come again! You’ll find new and interesting content that will move you, enlighten you, and make you a better lawyer.
- Acquire the ability to identify external and internal threats to your personal integrity.
- Understand why eternal vigilance is the price of an integrity- based career. (Good intentions alone aren’t enough.)
- Discover The Integrity Zone model for decision making and threat analysis.
- Identify strategies for organizational change that encourage integrity-based decision making.
- Bring a sharp focus on integrity to achieve greater success and satisfaction to your professional and personal life.
Click to watch this video short by Bud Krogh
Forget Oliver Stone. This is what really happened in the Nixon White House. And this is what politicians — and all persons in positions of power — should have learned from Watergate. - Chuck Luce