President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., others look on.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., others look on. (LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton)

Students at the University of Texas School of Law have a better than usual chance of running into a current or former U.S. president—or four—this week.

The LBJ Presidential Library, a short walk from the law school, will host the Civil Rights Summit April 8–10, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At the same time, the law school and the LBJ School of Public Affairs will cohost “a series of student-focused events to encourage dialogue around today’s civil rights issues,” according to the law school’s website.

The schools have scheduled events at locations in the law school and at a nearby UT conference center, close to where the presidents will be speaking.

Starting on April 8, three former presidents—Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush—will give speeches. President Barack Obama will speak on April 10.

Since tickets are sold out, law students are encouraged to attend one of the many watch parties: “A Conversation with the Honorable Jimmy Carter,” 5:30–7 p.m., April 8; “Address by the Honorable William Jefferson Clinton,” 5:30–7 p.m., April 9; “Keynote Address by the President of the United States, The Honorable President Barack Obama,” 11 a.m.–2 p.m., April 10; and “Remarks by President George W. Bush,” 5:30–7 p.m., April 10. .

After Obama’s talk, UT Law Clinical Professor Ranjana Natarajan and LBJ School Visiting Professor Shirley Franklin, former mayor of Atlanta, will offer comments to the law school and LBJ School of Public Affairs communities on the policy and legal implications of his remarks.

Following Bush’s speech on April 10, the law school and the LBJ school, in partnership with the Barry Goldwater Society, will host a town hall Q&A discussion at a nearby conference center café for students.

Look for TL reporter Angela Morris tweeting live from these events.