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

"America’s Wars Wouldn’t Be Possible Without Contractors"

January 17, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted by the Atlantic on how using contractor support for military operations could provide a logistic and political edge.

"Oracle Presses Ahead with Pentagon Cloud Lawsuit Despite Amazon’s Contract-Bid Loss"

November 08, 2019

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by The Washington Post on how the Microsoft award does not dramatically alter Oracle's litigation with the DoD.

"Oracle Pushes Ahead With JEDI Appeal"

November 05, 2019

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by Federal Computer Week on how DoD's award to Microsoft should not affect Oracle's litigation strategy.

"Oracle Revives Charges That Pentagon Bid Was Tainted by Amazon Conflicts"

November 04, 2019

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by Bloomberg on serious conflict of interest allegations from two competitors in the recent cloud contract.

"Pentagon Awaits Possible Amazon Challenge Over Cloud Deal"

November 01, 2019

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by the Associated Press on the difficulty of proving undue pressure in procurement proceedings from the White House.