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'Stand on the rock of honesty,' Elder D. Todd Christofferson tells students at Duke University School of Law

March 23, 2010
source: LDS Church News

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Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a 1972 Duke Law School graduate, repeatedly emphasized the importance of personal and professional integrity to Duke Law students during a "Lives in the Law" event at the Law School on March 17.

Before the gathering of law students and guests Elder Christofferson discussed with Dean David F. Levi the various phases of his legal career and his calling to Church service. He is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Elder Christofferson reviewed the beginning of his legal career in 1972 on the front lines of the case that ended the presidency of Richard M. Nixon (a Duke Law alumnus from 1937). During a two-year clerkship with Chief Judge John Sirica of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Elder Christofferson worked almost exclusively on Watergate-related matters, as Judge Sirica oversaw all the legal proceedings related to the June 1972 break-in at Democratic presidential campaign headquarters at Washington's Watergate Hotel and office complex.

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