Joshua I. Schwartz

Portrait of Joshua I. Schwartz

Joshua I. Schwartz

E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law; Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program


Department: Government Procurement, National Security, Cybersecurity, and Foreign Relations Law


Office Phone: (202) 994-0008
Fax: (202) 994-5614
2000 H Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Joshua I. Schwartz joined the law school faculty in 1985, after serving for five years in the Office of the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice, where he was responsible for briefing and arguing cases before the Supreme Court. In addition to his law degree, Professor Schwartz holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning. He served as a law clerk for Judge Marvin E. Frankel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Thereafter, he served for two years in the appellate section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

Professor Schwartz teaches in the fields of property, administrative law, government contracts, and legislation. His research and writing is primarily in the fields of government contracts and administrative law. As co-director (with Professors Schooner and Yukins) of the Government Procurement Law LLM Program, he is jointly responsible for the administration of that program, and is also a regular participant in domestic and international conferences on public procurement issues, including comparative public procurement studies.

From 2005 to 2007, Professor Schwartz served as a member of the Acquisition Advisory Panel, a federal government commission studying the state of our procurement system, and charged with recommending reforms. The Commission’s report was published in January 2007. Professor Schwartz was appointed to the E.K. Gubin Chair by the Dean of the law school and the Trustees of the University in the Fall of 2008.

Professor Schwartz is a faculty advisor for the Federal Circuit Bar Journal (along with Dean Whealan and Professor Schooner), and informally advises student members and editors of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Section’s Public Contract Law Journal, particular with regard to note writing. He is serving in his second term as a member of the Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Federal Claims.


In the News

"Federal Probe Finds Border Wall Contract for North Dakota Company Was Proper, Lacks Key Testimony"

Joshua I. Schwartz is quoted by InForum about a federal investigation into the awarding of a border wall construction contract to a North Dakota firm.

"Feds Spend Billions on COVID-19 Contracts, Often Without Fully Competitive Bidding"

Joshua I. Schwartz is quoted by NPR about the government granting COVID-19 contracts to...

"Trump's War on Amazon Threatens Billions in Deals"

Joshua I. Schwartz is quoted by the Washington Examiner on how bias cannot lawfully...

BA, Harvard University; MRP, JD, Cornell University