Roger E. Schechter

Portrait of Roger E. Schechter
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
[email protected]

Roger E. Schechter joined the law school faculty in 1980. Before coming to GW Law, he was a litigator with the New York City firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he handled a variety of antitrust, securities, and commercial cases. Prior to that, he served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Paul H. Roney of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

While practicing in New York, he also was an adjunct instructor at the Cardozo Law School in New York, where he taught courses in legal writing and appellate advocacy. At GW Law, Professor Schechter teaches the basic course in torts and a variety of intellectual property courses, such as copyright law and trademark law. He is also a bar review lecturer on torts and family law in numerous jurisdictions around the country. He has twice received the Law School’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award; he also was awarded the 1997 Trachtenberg Prize for University Service. In 2004, the Brand Names Education Foundation awarded him their Pattishall Medal for excellence in the teaching of trademark law. 

Professor Schechter has been a visiting professor on the law faculties of the University of Virginia (1990) and of New York University (2001–02), and has taught at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center. He also serves as a member of the advisory council of the McCarthy Center for Intellectual Property and Technology Law of the University of San Francisco and on the advisory board of BNA’s Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Journal. On three occasions, he has participated in training programs sponsored by the American Association of Law Schools designed to help new law school teachers develop effective classroom teaching skills.


BA, The George Washington University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"Businesses, Nursing Homes Seek Liability Protections As Country Reopens"

May 07, 2020

Roger E. Schechter is quoted by ABC News about whether businesses can be held responsible if an employee or customer gets coronavirus.

"Who Owns Georgia's Lawbook?"

November 29, 2019

Roger E. Schechter is quoted by Gray TV on how Georgia is likely to win a lawsuit for the right to sell copies of state law.

"Supreme Court to Decide If NC Pirated Digital Blackbeard Treasure"

November 04, 2019

Roger E. Schechter spoke to Gray TV on how SCOTUS must strike a balance between states’ rights and federal authority in a copyright case.

"Lawsuit Filed to Determine Who Owns the Rights to the Late Novelist Tom Clancy's Most Famous Character"

August 29, 2017

Roger E. Schechter is quoted in The Baltimore Sun about the latest legal battle involving Baltimore novelist Tom Clancy and his books.