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Stephen A. Saltzburg

Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law; Director, Masters Program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, George Washington University Law School
J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., Dickinson College

Stephen A. Saltzburg leads the National Trial Advocacy College at the Law School.

Saltzburg joined the law faculty at George Washington University in 1990. He had previously taught at the University of Virginia School of Law since 1972. In 1996 he founded the master's program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at GW. In 2004, Saltzburg was named Wallace and Beverley Woodbury University Professor of Law.

Saltzburg served as reporter for and later a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence. He was the reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the District of Columbia District Court before he assumed the chair of that committee. He has served as a special master in two class action cases in the District of Columbia District Court, and continues to serve as a mediator for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He has mediated a variety of disputes involving public agencies as well as private litigants; has served as a sole arbitrator, panel chair and panel member in domestic arbitrations; and has served as an arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce.

Saltzburg's public service includes serving as associate independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation, as deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as the attorney general's ex-officio representative on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and as director of the Tax Refund Fraud Task Force, appointed by the secretary of the treasury. He currently serves as a member of the ABA House of Delegates from the Criminal Justice Section and is a member of the Criminal Justice Section Council. He previously served on the Council of the ABA Litigation Section for three years. Saltzburg was appointed to the ABA's Task Force on Terrorism and the Law and to the Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession in 2001, to the President's Advisory Group on Citizen Detention and Enemy Combatant Issues in 2002, to the President's Advisory Group on Citizen Detention and Enemy Combatant Issues in 2005, and to the Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements in 2006. In 2001 he was appointed by Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit as co-chair of the Task Force on the Selection of Lead Counsel in Class Actions, which published its final report in 2002. Saltzburg is the author of numerous books and articles on evidence, procedure and litigation.


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