Egil "Bud" Krogh, who went to prison for his part in planning and covering up the Watergate scandal, will speak about his book, Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House, at the Dean's Session at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The session, normally limited to first-year law students, will be open to the public.
Krogh, who graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1968, was hired as deputy counsel to President Richard Nixon. In 1971, he was put in charge of the Special Investigations Unit, which came to be known as "The Plumbers" because it was charged with getting to the bottom of leaks about secret government documents, including the Pentagon Papers, a critique of the Vietnam War.
Krogh helped set up the 1971 burglary to obtain confidential medical records in an attempt to discredit Daniel Ellsberg, who wrote and released the Pentagon Papers. And Krogh lied to investigators about the break-in at Democratic Party offices at the Watergate Hotel.
Krogh said he was convinced that national security was at stake, but later decided his actions were hypocritical, and pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy in 1973.
He was disbarred in 1975 and sentenced to two to six years in prison. He served 4½ months.
But special prosecutor Leon Jaworski, who helped send Krogh to prison, believed Krogh was truly remorseful and helped him become reinstated in 1980. Krogh now practices in Seattle.
"Integrity is Krogh's memoir of his experiences - of what really went on behind closed doors, of how a good man can lose his moral compass, of how exercising power without integrity can destroy a life," states the Barnes and Noble synopsis of the book. "It also tells the moving story of how he turned his life back around."