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

"Trump Inches Closer to Exercising Powers Over Medical Supply Chain"

March 18, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in Federal Computer Week about Trump invoking the Defense Production Act to address a medical supply shortage.

"Pentagon to Reconsider 'Aspects' of $10bn Cloud Computing Contract Award"

March 13, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in the Financial Times about the decision to reconsider the JEDI contract due to objections from Amazon.

"Pentagon Asks to Reconsider Part of JEDI Cloud Decision After Amazon Protest"

March 12, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in The Washington Post about the Pentagon asking a federal court to reconsider awarding Microsoft the JEDI contract.

"If the US withdraws From Afghanistan, Will Its Military Contractors Stay? That’s Not Clear."

February 28, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by The Washington Post on how military contractor deaths are rarely covered by news outlets.

"Amazon Adopts Rivals’ Playbook to Fight JEDI Cloud Bid Loss"

February 25, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted by Bloomberg on how Amazon's court case could amplify its perspective on the procurement challenges of the JEDI contract.