Stephen A. Saltzburg

Stephen A. Saltzburg
Title:
Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law; Co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone:
202-994-7089
Fax:
202-994-9811
Email:
[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

Education

BA, Dickinson College; JD, University of Pennsylvania

In the News

“For Texas Department of Public Safety, Proof of Rehabilitation Can Take a Long, Long … Long Time’’

April 05, 2019

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted by the Houston Chronicle about why people in their 60s whose only crimes occurred decades ago are statistically lower public safety risks.

“Robert Mueller Pursues New Trump-Russia Collusion Leads Despite Talk of Probe Winding Down’’

March 18, 2019

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted by The Washington Times about the signs that Russian issues remain in Mueller’s report.

"This Supreme Court Case Could Impact the Mueller Probe and Boost Trump's Pardon Power"

December 06, 2018

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted by NPR about concerns over whether the Supreme Court was to bar dual prosecutions.

"Jeff Sessions' Corporate Friendly Approach Likely to Outlast Him"

November 07, 2018
Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in Bloomberg Law about how Jeff Sessions' soft approach to corporate crime enforcement is likely to continue at the DOJ.

"What Happens If Mueller Decides to Subpoena President Trump?"

August 16, 2018

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in ABC News explaining why it's better to not subpoena the president.