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

"White House Expands Crackdown on Certain Diversity and Inclusion Training"

September 23, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted in Government Executive about Trump's crackdown on diversity training for federal agencies and contractors.

"Pentagon Reaffirms Microsoft's JEDI Cloud Contract Win Despite Procurement Mistake"

September 04, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted in The Washington Post about how Amazon will continue to challenge the JEDI award to Microsoft.

"Oracle Lost Its JEDI Court Battle. Its Campaign Against Amazon May Have Succeeded Anyway."

September 04, 2020
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in The Washington Post about how Oracle's protest exposed flaws in the JEDI procurement process.

“SBA Loan Program Contractor and Rocket Loans Face Scrutiny’’

August 30, 2020

Steven Schooner is quoted by The Wall Street Journal on the use of subcontractors by federal contract holders to meet diversity goals.

"How a Struggling Company Won $1.6 Billion to Make a Coronavirus Vaccine"

July 16, 2020

Steven L. Schooner is quoted in The New York Times about how a small Maryland biotech company received a large vaccine contract.