Jack Goldsmith Keynotes “Executive Power” Symposium Co-Sponsored by the LBJ Library and School of Law

March 30, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — The LBJ Library and Friends of the LBJ Library at The University of Texas at Austin, in cooperation with the School of Law, will host "An Evening with Jack Goldsmith" on Thursday, April 8, 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 Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, in the Jeffers Auditorium. 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 coming to Harvard, Goldsmith was assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel, from October 2003 through July 2004, and special counsel to the general counsel to 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 Terror Presidency" 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—the location for the Goldsmith keynote address—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 Auditorium—the site of the symposium—is on the third floor of the School of Law in Room 3.140. For maps and directions for the School of Law are online.

For more information, contact: Laura Castro, director of media relations, School of Law, 512-825-9525 (cell); Anne Wheeler, LBJ Library and Museum, 512-721-0216 or 512-731-2351.