Revealing Documents from the Watergate Prosecutions

A Practice Groups Virtual Symposium

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The Watergate scandal culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the conviction of some two dozen members of his administration, in what remains one of the foremost political scandals of the twentieth century.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the scandal, an esteemed panel will join the Federalist Society's Practice Groups for a virtual symposium to conduct a detailed review of the prosecutions undertaken by the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

Four batches of internal prosecutorial documents have surfaced in recent years, which some have argued call into question whether the defendants received the due process of law guaranteed to them by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. These include documents taken by three of the special prosecutors when leaving office in 1974, as well as the sealed grand jury report, nicknamed the “Road Map,” which the House Judiciary Committee used as its basis for urging Nixon’s impeachment and which was unsealed by court order in 2018.

Please join us on September 15, 2022, for an in-depth discussion of these documents and the Watergate prosecutions between Hon. Theodore Olson, Prof. Stephen Saltzburg, Geoff Shepard, Hon. Laurence Silberman, and moderator Hon. Paul S. Diamond. The symposium program and documents to be discussed are available here.

Additional materials and commentary prepared by Geoff Shepard are available here. All expressions of opinion within those materials are those of Geoff Shepard, not those of the Federalist Society.


  • Hon. Theodore Olson, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Prof. Stephen Saltzburg, Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law; Co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program, The George Washington University Law School
  • Geoff Shepard, Author of The Nixon Conspiracy (2021) and The Real Watergate Scandal (2015)
  • Hon. Laurence Silberman, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Moderator: Hon. Paul S. Diamond, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.