Stephen A. Saltzburg

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
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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

"President Trump Adds New Lawyer To His Legal Team"

March 20, 2018

Stephen A. Saltzburg speaks to NPR about Joe DiGenova, a former federal prosecutor and well-known Washington lawyer.

"'Chaos' Is At The Heart Of The Trump Camp's Defense. But It Can Cut Both Ways"

November 30, 2017

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted by NPR about the effect chaos defense might have in any criminal trials arising from Mueller's investigation. 

"Who Are The Lawyers Investigating Russia's Meddling In U.S. Elections?"

June 20, 2017

Stephen A. Saltzburg speaks to NPR about Robert Mueller and President Trump's personal lawyers.

"Will FBI Director James Comey Go to Prison?"

May 09, 2017

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in Newsweek about President Trump's decision to fire James Comey.

"How a Revolving Door Bond System Puts Violent Criminals Back on Chicago's Streets"

May 05, 2017

Stephen A. Saltzburg is quoted in the Chicago Tribune about the cash bond system.