Attorneys and journalists who were there, playing lead roles in Iran-Contra, were the featured panelists in the first of the Society’s “Historic Cases” panels on December 3, 2003.

Discussing the roles, activities, and perspectives that the three branches of government and the press played during Iran-Contra, panelists revealed what went on in front of, and behind, the cameras, shedding new light on a complex matter that captured the attention of prosecutors, courts and the public in the late 1980’s.

Panelists included Michael R. Bromwich, former Associate Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel for Iran-Contra; Willam B. Lytton, former Deputy Special Counsel to President Reagan for Iran-Contra; Senator George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and Co-author (with Senator William Cohen) of Men of Zeal, a Candid Inside Story of the Iran-Contra Hearings; Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr., Counsel to Colonel Oliver North; and Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent, National Public Radio. Moderating the panel was Carl Stern, former NBC Legal Affairs Correspondent.

Over 200 judges and Society members attended the session in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in December 2003.