Steven L. Schooner

Steven Schooner
Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law and Co-Director of the Government Procurement Law Program
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

“Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel’’

January 16, 2019

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by NPR about whether the Trump International Hotel violates the Emoluments clauses.

“The Emoluments Clause, Explained”

January 15, 2019
Steven L. Schooner is quoted by Vox about how Trump’s various business interests represent a violation of the Constitution's emoluments clause.

“Vendors More Motivated to Protest to GAO, 2018 Numbers Show Why’’

December 03, 2018

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by the Federal News Network about concerns over the small number of hearings being held by the GAO.

“Amazon's Biggest Customer May Soon Be the US Government”

November 15, 2018

Steven L. Schooner is quoted by CNN Business about the future of Amazon’s government contract work.

"IG, GSA Administrator Butt Heads Over Testimony on FBI Headquarters"

August 28, 2018

Steven L. Schooner is quoted in Federal News Radio about the release of a strongly worded IG report about the fate of the FBI headquarters.