Jill Wine-Banks, The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President
Jill Wine-Banks discusses her book, The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President, with newly-elected Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney Karen McDonald.
It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy, and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women’s movement was a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer” by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts – and prevailed. At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and who we are as a society.
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About the Author:
Jill Wine-Banks is an MSNBC legal analyst. She was one of three assistant Watergate special prosecutors in the obstruction of justice trial against President Nixon’s top aides. She has also served as general counsel of the U.S. Army, deputy attorney general of the state of Illinois, and EVP and chief operating officer of the American Bar Association. In each case, she was the first woman to hold the position.
About the Moderator:
Former Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division Judge Karen D. McDonald is the newly-elected Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney. Before becoming a judge in 2012, she was a shareholder at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss specializing in civil and family law.