GW Law Names Daniel I. Gordon Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies

GW Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel I. Gordon, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget, as its new Associate Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies. He assumed the newly created position on January 1, 2012.

“Dan Gordon has long been one of the worldwide leaders in this important field, and he is that rare person who can translate his experience and knowledge into learning and action,” said Paul Schiff Berman, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law. “Our students will greatly benefit from his ‘insider’ perspective and his practical know-how. I am confident that the creation of this position signals to Washington and the world that now more than ever, GW Law is the premier place to study government procurement law and policy.”

Assoc. Dean Gordon says he is looking forward to his new position, and shares Dean Berman’s enthusiasm for the groundbreaking role.

“While GW Law has a long history of excellence in the area of government contracts, adding the position of associate dean should provide opportunities for building on that history to take the Law School even further,” said Assoc. Dean Gordon. “Ultimately, we will want to find new ways to reach students, including potentially nontraditional frameworks, and new ways to explore connections between government contracts law and other disciplines, such as corporate, public international, and anti-trust law.”

Assoc. Dean Gordon added that his recent career experience will shape his approach to knowledge-sharing and program development at GW Law.

“Procurement policy is intertwined with procurement law, but seeing things from the policy side has enriched my understanding of the importance and the impact of procurement law,” said Assoc. Dean Gordon.

Assoc. Dean Gordon was confirmed as the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy in November 2009. In that role, he developed and implemented acquisition policies supporting more than $500 billion of annual federal spending. Previously, he spent 17 years at the Government Accountability Office in various roles including managing associate general counsel in the Procurement Law Division, deputy general counsel and acting general counsel.

While he will soon take on a new role, Assoc. Dean Gordon is already familiar with the GW Law community through previous service as a member of its adjunct faculty.

“GW Law is a world-class venue for teaching, research and writing about government contracting. I am returning to a community that I know and cherish,” Assoc. Dean Gordon said.

Assoc. Dean Gordon holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.Phil. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He also has studied in Paris, France; Marburg, Germany; and Tel Aviv, Israel. Mr. Gordon also is the author of numerous articles on procurement law and the bid protest process at GAO.

Program Co-Director and Professor Steven L. Schooner said he is joined by Co-Directors and Professors Christopher R. Yukins and Joshua I. Schwartz in his excitement at Assoc. Dean Gordon’s appointment and enthusiasm for what he will bring to the program and the Law School.

“I can’t imagine a more worthy successor to the Nash and Cibinic legacy than Dan Gordon,” Professor Schooner said, referring to program founders and industry legends Ralph C. Nash, Jr., and John A. Cibinic, Jr. “He’s a gifted teacher, a natural mentor, an accomplished scholar, and he’s distinguished himself as one of the generation’s most significant leaders in public procurement law and policy.”

The program has already enjoyed tremendous growth this year with the return of former FTC Commissioner and Chairman William A. Kovacic to the faculty as well as the addition of Laura A. Dickinson, Oswald Symister Colclough Research Professor of Law. Professor Dickinson’s recent award-winning book, Outsourcing War and Peace, focuses on possible responses to the growing use of contractors in military and security contexts.

Established in 1960, GW’s Government Procurement Law Program is the only one of its kind in the United States and the leading such program in the world. As governments in the United States and abroad increasingly effectuate public policy through contracting, the program’s internationally known faculty, myriad curricular offerings and cutting-edge public programs are at the forefront of innovation in this crucial area of law. In addition to its rigorous academic course of study, the Government Procurement Law Program administers the McKenna Long and Aldridge “Gilbert A. Cuneo” Government Contracts Moot Court Competition and publishes the Public Contract Law Journal.


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February 01, 2012
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January 12, 2012
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Associate Dean Daniel I. Gordon

A long-time friend of GW, Dan Gordon has been very busy his first weeks. Among just a few of his first endeavors with his GW Law colleagues: conferences on procurement law & technology and contractors & public service ethics.

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