Wednesday, October 28, 7:30pm

The Watergate Girl:
My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President
(Henry Holt and Co., 2020)

mic-icon In conversation with Jill Paperno

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Jill Paperno is the president of the Monroe County Bar Association and past president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys. She is the First Assistant Public Defender for the Monroe County Public Defender's Office. In her thirty-three years with that office she has handled criminal cases and tried numerous felonies. She is the author of "Representing the Accused - A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense" and is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education programs.


Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, and shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.

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.

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. A graduate of the University of Illinois and Columbia Law School, she lives in Chicago.

TOPIC: Law, Feminism


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