Steven L. Schooner

Portrait of Steven L. Schooner
Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Before joining the law school faculty in 1998, Professor Schooner was the associate administrator for procurement law and legislation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. He previously served as a trial and appellate attorney in the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice. He also practiced with private law firms and, as an active duty Army judge advocate, served as a commissioner at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Until his retirement as an Army Reserve officer, he was an adjunct professor in the Contract and Fiscal Law Department of the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His scholarship focuses primarily upon federal government contract law and public procurement policy. His dispute resolution experience includes service as an arbitrator, mediator, neutral, and ombudsman. Outside of the United States, he has taught and advised hundreds of government officials on public procurement issues, either directly or through multi-government programs, in more than 30 countries.

Professor Schooner is a fellow of the National Contract Management Association, a certified professional contracts manager (CPCM), and recipient of the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award. He is the faculty adviser to the ABA’s Public Contract Law Journal and also serves on the Procurement Round Table and the advisory board of the Government Contractor. He served as senior associate dean for academic affairs of the Law School from 2006 to 2008.

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BA, Rice University; JD, College of William and Mary; LLM, George Washington University

In the News

"Amazon Defeats the Power of the JEDI … For Now"

February 14, 2020

Steven L. Schooner spoke to Marketplace on how a judge would not halt the JEDI contract without some belief that Amazon has a reasonable chance of winning.

"Amazon Wins Bid to Halt Microsoft Work For Pentagon"

February 13, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted by the Financial Times on a federal judge's ruling regarding the Defense Department's JEDI cloud contract.

"Judge’s Order Halting JEDI Work Just the Latest Roadblock in Defense Dept.’s Frustrating Journey"

February 13, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by The Washington Post on how a recent federal ruling could help Amazon’s case against the DoD moving forward.

"Federal Judge Halts Pentagon Cloud Contract"

February 13, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by The Wall Street Journal on how the recent ruling on the DoD JEDI contract is a win for Amazon Web Services.

"Court Temporarily Blocks Work on DoD’s JEDI Cloud Contract"

February 13, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by the Federal News Network on how the DoD cannot move ahead with work on the JEDI Cloud contract.