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.

Curriculum Vitae     Publications


BA, Dickinson College; JD, University of Pennsylvania

In the News

"Feds Issue Subpoenas Seeking Records Related to Congressman Cuellar"

January 24, 2022

Stephen A. Saltzburg spoke to KGNS TV about how the FBI executes warrants.

"How the Self-Defense Argument Played Out in Rittenhouse, Arbery Trials"

November 22, 2021
Stephen A. Saltzburg is interviewed by PBS about how the defendants' self-defense claims influenced the Rittenhouse and Arbery trials.

"‘The Stakes Are Enormous’: Bannon Case Tests Congress’ Power"

October 20, 2021
Steven A. Saltzburg is quoted by the Associated Press about whether Steve Bannon will be prosecuted for defying a subpoena from Congress.

"Joel Greenberg Set for Federal Court Hearing Monday, Expected to Plead Guilty"

May 13, 2021

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in the Orlando Sentinel about charges against the former tax collector in the case involving Rep. Matt Gaetz.

"Capitol Riots: The Hunt to Identify and Arrest the Rioters"

January 10, 2021

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in BBC News about how the public is highly motivated to help the FBI bring the rioters to justice.