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April 1, 2010

Jack Goldsmith to give keynote address at “Executive Power” symposium cosponsored by the LBJ Library and School of Law

The LBJ Library and Friends of the LBJ Library at The University of Texas at Austin, in cooperation with the University of Texas School of Law, will host “An Evening with Jack Goldsmith” on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium.

The talk by Goldsmith—a Harvard Law School professor who wrote “The Terror Presidency” and served in the George W. Bush administration—is free and open to the public.

Goldsmith will speak on “The Second Terror Presidency: Obama’s Embrace of the Bush Counterterrorism Program,” discussing President Obama’s approach to executive power.

Goldsmith’s talk is the keynote event for a symposium at the University of Texas Law School on executive power on April 9-10, 2010, in the Jeffers Courtroom. The symposium, also open to the public, will focus on a number of recently published books on executive power by political theorists and law professors, including former University of Texas School of Law Professor Harold Hastings Bruff, a constitutional and administrative law professor at the University of Colorado Law School.

A schedule for the symposium is available online.

Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he specializes in national security law, international law, and presidential power. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles on these and other subjects. Before his appointment at Harvard, Goldsmith served as assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel, from October 2003 through July 2004, and special counsel to the general counsel at the Department of Defense from September 2002 through June 2003.

His recent book, The Terror Presidency, has been deemed “chilling” by the New York Times and “an important book—a genuine service to national interest” by the Los Angeles Times. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing prior to the program at the LBJ Auditorium. Guests may place advance orders with the LBJ Museum Store by calling 512-232-2396.

The LBJ Auditorium is on the lower level of the LBJ Complex on the main campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The Jeffers Courtroom is located on the third floor of the School of Law in Room 3.140. Maps and directions for the School of Law are online.

Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or