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

"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.

"Nassau Contract Data for Women- and Minority-Owned Firms Prompts Concern"

January 04, 2021
Steven L. Schooner is quoted in Newsday about the need for a disparity study regarding a lack of diversity in the contracting process.

"GovExec Daily: The Effects of the Ascertainment Delay"

November 23, 2020
Steven L. Schooner speaks to the GovExec Daily podcast about the potential harm in delaying the transition to a new administration.

"The Future of Sustainable Procurement"

November 17, 2020
Steven L. Schooner discussed on Federal News Network's "Off the Shelf" how the acquisition workforce should embrace sustainable procurement.