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SPECIAL ADDITION  – Will He Stay or Should He Go? Impeachment in America

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

SPECIAL ADDITION  – Will He Stay or Should He Go? Impeachment in America

Hot Topics

With Jeff Blattner and Robert Ray, moderated by Rohn Robbins

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

Grand Hyatt Vail | Vail

Go beyond the soundbites and the spin. In the spirit of the free exchange of ideas, the Vail Symposium takes on the most contentious topic of our time — the impeachment of the U.S. President by the House of Representatives. The authority to do so is enshrined in Article Two of the United States Constitution. In it, sole power of impeachment is bestowed on the House of Representatives and the authority to try impeachments is the purview of the Senate. 
This program will address the history of impeachment in the United States, as well as historical antecedents in other countries, including the pre-constitutional debate found in the Federalist Papers. The historical examination discusses what was ultimately adopted at the Constitutional Convention, what the words meant at the time of adoption, the process of impeachment, and a look at its application since its inception. 
The approach and format of this in-depth examination of impeachment will be deliberative. Following background information on impeachment in general, the current impeachment process will be addressed. Differing viewpoints will be presented. Our legal experts will initially be subjected to moderated questioning, followed by audience Q&A. 
Jeff Blattner is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Law School, a senior fellow at the Silicon Flatirons Institute Center for Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship of the University of Colorado and an attorney and President of Legal Policy Solutions, PLLC, a consulting firm providing legal advice and strategic consulting services to technology companies and other businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.
A former Supreme Court law clerk with experience in all three branches of the federal government and in the private sector, Blattner has spent much of his professional career handling high-profile legal policy matters, on topics as diverse as antitrust, intellectual property, information technology, constitutional law, civil rights and judicial nominations.
Blattner served on the presidential transitions of Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as the transition of Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser. He is a member of the Board of Directors of HIAS, and previously served on the Boards of Directors of The Opportunity Agenda and the Environmental Working Group. Blattner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, in 1975, and from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1980.
A prominent litigator and former federal prosecutor and Independent Counsel for the Whitewater investigation, Robert Ray is a respected courtroom veteran who aggressively advocates his clients’ interests in white-collar criminal defense matters, corporate governance and compliance issues, internal investigations and general litigation, including civil RICO and commercial fraud. Ray has extensive first-chair trial experience, handling more than 25 federal jury trials to verdict in matters ranging from bank fraud, extortion, bribery, real property and healthcare law to white-collar criminal defense, including sophisticated prosecutions – as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney – involving RICO, terrorism, violent crime and public corruption offenses as well as securities fraud. Some of these trials have been multi-month proceedings in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere involving dozens of witnesses and claims and extensive cross-examination of critical witnesses over a number of days.
Ray joined the Independent Counsel’s office in Washington, DC in 1995, where he supervised, conducted, and participated in complex, long-term, and multi-defendant federal prosecutions involving public corruption at all levels and stages in federal court. He succeeded Kenneth Starr as Independent Counsel and was responsible for the In re Madison Guaranty investigations, which concluded with published final reports on matters involving FBI files, the White House Travel Office, Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky. Because of his extensive and varied background, Ray is regularly asked by the media to provide insights on relevant criminal and legal matters.
In connection with his service as Independent Counsel and its aftermath, he has appeared as a commentator or in a related capacity on various network and cable television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, CNN Late Edition/The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Fox News Sunday, Fox Business with Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, NBC Nightly News, Nightline with Ted Koppel, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Rohn K. Robbins is an attorney licensed to practice before the Bars of Colorado and California. He has lived in and practiced law in Eagle County since 1993. His practice emphasizes civil litigation, family and domestic law, real estate and development, and business transactions. He is Peer Rated and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Rohn was a 14-year member of the Colorado State Bar Ethics Committee and is a former board member of the Mountain Region of the Anti-Defamation League. He is the founder and Chair of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund which has been recognized on multiple occasions as the outstanding non-profit organization in Eagle County. He is a founding member and Secretary of the Freedom Park Memorial Committee and was Chairman of the Board of the Vail Symposium from 2013 through 2016.  
Mr. Robbins has authored a weekly legal column, Vail Law, since 1995 and hosted a weekly radio/television talk show, Community Focus with Rohn Robbins, from 2004 through 2014. He has appeared as a commentator on several national broadcasts including FOX, CNN, ESPN, CBS, C-Span and MSNBC. He has been quoted widely on legal matters in various regional and national periodicals.
The Hot Topics series is generously underwritten by Kathy and Neal Kimmel

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