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

"What If the World’s Biggest Customer Went Green? The U.S. Government Wants to Find Out."

March 23, 2021
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in National Geographic about how cost will hurt the effort to implement procurement standards on climate change.

"Joint JEDI Award To Microsoft, AWS Would ‘Reduce DoD’s Litigation Risk’: Procurement Expert"

March 19, 2021
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in CRN about how amending the JEDI contract to include multiple vendors may end the legal wrangling.

"Microsoft’s $10 Billion Pentagon Deal at Risk Amid Amazon Fight"

March 05, 2021

Steven L. Schooner is quoted in Bloomberg about the likelihood that a judge will dismiss Amazon's bias allegations over the JEDI contract.

"NYC Axes All Contracts with Trump as Business Backlash Snowballs"

January 13, 2021

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by NBC News about how the government could end its business relationships with the Trump Organization.

"Backlash to Riot at Capitol Hobbles Trump’s Business As Banks, Partners Flee the Brand"

January 12, 2021
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in The Washington Post about how the Biden administration should sever the contract with Trump's DC hotel.