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Steve Schooner

George Washington University Law School


Steven L. Schooner is the Nash & Cibinic Professor of Government Procurement Law at the George Washington University Law School, where he previously served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Schooner was the Associate Administrator for Procurement Law and Legislation (a Senior Executive Service position) at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).

He previously tried cases and handled appeals 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. As an Army Reserve officer, he served for more than fifteen years as an Adjunct Professor at the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Outside of the U.S., he has advised government officials on public procurement issues, either directly or through multi-government programs, in more than three dozen countries. His dispute resolution experience includes service as an expert witness, arbitrator, mediator, neutral, and ombudsman.

Professor Schooner received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University, Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary, and Master of Law (with highest honors) from the George Washington University. He is a Fellow of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), a recipient of NCMA’s Charles A. Dana Distinguished Service Award, a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Procurement Round Table. He is a Faculty Advisor to the American Bar Association’s PUBLIC CONTRACT LAW JOURNAL and a member of the GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR Advisory Board. He is author or co-author of numerous publications including “THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS REFERENCE BOOK: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE LANGUAGE OF PROCUREMENT”

(now in its fifth edition).