Stephen A. Saltzburg

Portrait of Stephen A. Saltzburg
Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law; Co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Stephen A. Saltzburg joined GW Law in 1990. Before that, he taught at the University of Virginia School of Law, and was named the first incumbent of the Class of 1962 Endowed Chair. In 1996, he founded and directed the master’s program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at GW. He was named University Professor, the highest title a University can confer upon a faculty member, in 2004. The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him as reporter for, and then as a member of, the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence. He was the reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the D.C. District Court before he became chair. He has served as a special master in two class action cases in the D.C. District Court, and continues to serve as a mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. He has mediated a variety of disputes involving public agencies and private litigants; served as a sole arbitrator, panel chair, and panel member in domestic arbitrations; and served as an arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce. 

Professor Saltzburg held the following governmental positions: associate independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation; deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s ex-officio representative on the U.S. Sentencing Commission; and director of the U.S. Treasury Department Tax Refund Fraud Task Force. He was chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section from 2007 to 2008, and represents the section in the ABA House of Delegates. He was appointed to the ABA Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and to the ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession in 2001, and to the ABA President’s Advisory Group on Citizen Detention and Enemy Combatant Issues in 2002. In 2001 he was appointed by Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as co-chair of the Task Force on the Selection of Lead Counsel in Class Actions, which published its final report in 2002. Professor Saltzburg is the author of numerous books and articles on evidence, procedure, and litigation.

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BA, Dickinson College; JD, University of Pennsylvania

In the News

"Trump’s Post-Presidency Will Be Cluttered with Potentially Serious Legal Battles"

November 22, 2020
Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in The Washington Post about the exposure Trump may face after leaving office in his disputes with the IRS.

"Trump’s Efforts to Flip Michigan Election Results Raise Significant Legal, Ethical Questions: Experts"

November 20, 2020

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted by ABC News about whether Trump's attempts to overturn the election results have violated any laws.

"Should You Pay to Defend the President in Court?"

September 13, 2020
Stephen A. Saltzburg discusses on Hearst TV's "Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien" how government lawyers should not defend Trump.

"Virus Fallout Ups Pressure on American Bar Association Reboot"

August 19, 2020

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in Bloomberg Law about how the pandemic is threatening to undercut recent progress made by the ABA.

"Police Reform Law Upsets Families of Victims of Police Violence and Cop Union"

August 13, 2020

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in the Washington City Paper about lawsuits filed over recent DC police reform legislation.