Charles D. Schmitz

Charles D. Schmitz

Charles D. Schmitz

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Mr. Schmitz is a career US Department of Justice Attorney, and has served the Department in multiple capacities. Mr. Schmitz initially joined DOJ through the Honors Program, where he served for six years as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Fraud Section. In that capacity, Mr. Schmitz litigated affirmative civil enforcement actions brought under the False Claims Act.

He then joined the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida as a Criminal Assistant US Attorney. During his six years as an AUSA, Mr. Schmitz served as lead trial counsel in more than a dozen criminal jury trials that involved drugs, guns, white collar fraud, child exploitation, and other crimes.

Mr. Schmitz then joined the US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he currently serves as a Trial Attorney prosecuting child exploitation crimes. He frequently teaches foreign law enforcement officers and prosecutors on investigative techniques and trial strategy. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Schmitz clerked for a US District Court Judge, and served as an Aide to US Supreme Court Justice.

Mr. Schmitz is an adjunct professor at GW Law School and other law schools and undergraduate universities, and has served in that role for more than 15 years. He has previously taught Cybercrime, Legal Research and Writing, Introduction to Advocacy, and approximately a dozen other courses. He now teaches the Art of Lawyering and Government Lawyering at GW Law School.

  • 6671 - Government Lawyering
  • 6672 - Art of Lawyering

BA, Colgate University; JD, University of Illinois College of Law