Jill Wine-Banks

Please join us for a live-streamed event on February 18, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. with MSNBC Legal Analyst and author of The Watergate Girl, Jill Wine-Banks.

Ms. Wine-Banks began her career as the first woman to serve as an organized crime prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. After just over four years, her trial capabilities and win record led to her selection as one of the three Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutors, and the only woman, on the obstruction of justice trial team against President Nixon’s top aides, including his Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and Chief Domestic Adviser.

At the conclusion of the Watergate case, Ms. Wine-Banks entered private practice at the D.C. offices of Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Kampelman, before being named General Counsel of the U.S. Army by President Carter where she supervised the world’s largest law firm, was a member of the Army Policy and Procurement Council and GC of the Panama Canal Corporation. She worked to eliminate the Woman’s Army Corps and integrate women into the Regular Army as well as into West Point and basic training. Ms. Wine-Banks has maintained her relationship with the Pentagon and was appointed by the Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to a Subcommittee on Sexual Assault in the Military, where she served from 2014 to 2017.

She returned to Chicago as a partner at Jenner & Block before becoming Illinois’ first Solicitor General and then its first female Deputy Attorney General and the only woman to be the COO [or EVP or ED whichever you want] of the ABA. From there, Jill switched careers, joining Motorola and later Maytag on the international business side for a decade before becoming the Chief Officer of Chicago Public Schools Career and Technical Education.

After retiring, Ms. Wine-Banks did consulting with two firms, began writing OpEds and her book, and starting a new career as an MSNBC legal analyst and co-host of two podcasts: Intergenerational Politics 18-year old Victor Shi and #SistersInLaw with three other MSNBC contributors: Joyce Vance, Barbara McQuade and Kimberly Atkins.

In her memoir, The Watergate Girl, Ms. Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as the only woman on the Watergate prosecution team.  This timely book opens a window on this troubled time in American history when sexism was rampant but democracy worked and justice prevailed with obvious parallels to and differences from the two impeachments of former President Trump.

February 18, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. CST

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Hourly Schedule

12:30 pm -
Speaker Begins
1:30 pm -


Feb 18 2021


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm




Live via Zoom


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