Former Office of Legal Counsel head Jack Goldsmith speaks at Duke Law Nov. 12

November 9, 2007Duke Law News

November 9 ― Jack Goldsmith, who headed the White House Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) from October 2003 to July 2004, will take part in a lunchtime conversation at Duke Law School on Nov. 12. The Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Goldsmith will discuss his tenure at the OLC and his new book, The Terror Presidency, with Christopher Schroeder, Duke’s Charles S. Murphy Professor of Law and Public Policy, who headed the OLC during the Clinton Administration.

This event will begin at 12:15 p.m. in room 3041 at Duke Law School, located at the corner of Science Drive and Towerview Road on Duke’s West Campus. Parking is available at the Bryan Center. A light lunch will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Office of Legal Counsel provides legal opinions and advice to the president and the executive branch on a range of legal issues, including the limits of executive power. In his book, Goldsmith discusses some of the challenges and controversy he faced during his tenure at the OLC as he offered legal advice relating to the war on terror, including his decision to rescind what is known as the “torture memorandum” authorized by his predecessor in the post.

A scholar of international law, Goldsmith graduated with a BA summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University in 1984 and earned a second BA from Oxford University in 1986. He received his JD from Yale Law School, an MA from Oxford in 1991, and a diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law in 1992. Professor Goldsmith clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court and has taught at the University of Chicago and Virginia Law Schools.

Goldsmith will be available to sign copies of his book following this event, which will be webcast.

For more information, contact Frances Presma at (919) 613-7248 or