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Philip G. Schrag


Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law

A.B., Harvard; LL.B., Yale

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Education, Immigration Law, Legal Profession and Professional Ethics

Professor Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility, and he co-directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who...

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Professor Schrag teaches Civil Procedure and Professional Responsibility, and he co-directs the Center for Applied Legal Studies, in which students represent refugees from persecution who are seeking asylum in the United States. He served for 21 years as the Director of the Public Interest Law Scholars Program, through which selected law students who plan careers as public interest lawyers receive scholarship grants and special academic enrichment and guidance in that field. Before joining the Law Center faculty in 1981, he was assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Consumer Advocate of the City of New York, a professor at Columbia University Law School, and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, from which he received a Meritorious Honor Award in 1981. Professor Schrag has also had a distinguished and varied career in civic service, which has included positions as a delegate to the District of Columbia Statehood Constitutional Convention in 1982, an editor and consultant on consumer protection during the Carter-Mondale transition, a consultant to the New York State Consumer Protection Board, a consultant to the Governor's Advisory Council of Puerto Rico, and an Academic Specialist for the United States Information Agency in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In addition, he drafted New York City's Consumer Protection Act of 1969. He is also a prolific author, having written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control, political asylum, and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He is the author of fifteen books, including Reflections on Clinical Legal Education (with Michael Meltsner, 1998), Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America (with David Ngaruri Kenney, 2008); Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2009); and Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz, 2014).

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 4th ed. 2016).   
  • Philip G. Schrag, Lisa G. Lerman & Anjum Gupta, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Model Rules, State Variations, and Practice Questions (New York: Wolters Kluwer 2015-2016 ed.).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Andrew I. Schoenholtz & Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (New York: New York University Press 2014).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Philip G. Schrag, The Unethical Ethics Rule: Nine Ways to Fix Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e), 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 39-72 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
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All Scholarship 1965 - Present

Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Philip G. Schrag, Why Would Anyone Want to be a Public Interest Lawyer?, (working paper).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law]

Books

  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 4th ed. 2016).   
  • Philip G. Schrag, Lisa G. Lerman & Anjum Gupta, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Model Rules, State Variations, and Practice Questions (New York: Wolters Kluwer 2015-2016 ed.).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Andrew I. Schoenholtz & Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Lives in the Balance: Asylum Adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security (New York: New York University Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Concise Edition for Two-Credit Courses (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 3d ed. 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Andrew I. Schoenholtz & Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform (New York: NYU Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2d ed. 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & David Ngaruri Kenney, Asylum Denied: A Refugee's Struggle for Safety in America (Berkeley, Cal.: University of California Press 2008).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (New York: Aspen Publishers 2005).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Repay As You Earn: The Flawed Government Program to Help Students Have Public Service Careers (Westport, Conn.: Bergin & Garvey 2002).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, A Well-Founded Fear: The Congressional Battle to Save Political Asylum in America (New York: Routledge Press 2000).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Reflections on Clinical Legal Education (Boston: Northeastern University Press 1998).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Global Action: Nuclear Test Ban Diplomacy at the End of the Cold War (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press 1992).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Civil Procedure: A Simulation Supplement (Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1990).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Listening for the Bomb: A Study in Nuclear Arms Control Verification Policy (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press 1989).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Behind the Scenes: The Politics of a Constitutional Convention (D.C.: Georgetown University Press 1985).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Toward Simulation in Legal Education: An Experimental Course in Pretrial Litigation (Foundation Press 2d ed. 1979).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Toward Simulation in Legal Education: An Experimental Course in Pretrial Litigation (1975).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Public Interest Advocacy: Materials for Clinical Legal Education (Boston: Little, Brown & Company 1974).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Cases and Materials on Consumer Protection (St. Paul, Minn.: West 2d ed. 1973) (reprinting Philip G. Schrag, George Cooper, Curtis J. Berger, Paul M. Dodyk, Monrad G. Paulsen & Michael I. Sovern, Cases and Materials on Law and Poverty (St. Paul, Minn.: West 2d ed. 1973)).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, George Cooper, Curtis J. Berger, Paul M. Dodyk, Monrad G. Paulsen & Michael I. Sovern, Cases and Materials on Law and Poverty (St. Paul, Minn.: West 2d ed. 1973).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Counsel for the Deceived: Case Studies in Consumer Fraud (New York: Pantheon Books 1972).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Philip G. Schrag, The Unethical Ethics Rule: Nine Ways to Fix Model Rule of Professional Conduct 1.8(e), 28 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 39-72 (2015).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Philip G. Schrag, MOOCs and Legal Education: Valuable Innovation or Looming Disaster?, 59 Vill. L. Rev. 83-134 (2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Philip G. Schrag, On Acceptance of the William Pincus Award, 63 J. Legal Educ. 493-496 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Failing Law SchoolsBrian Tamanaha’s Misguided Missile, 26 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 387-422 (2013) (reviewing Brian Z. Tamanaha, Failing Law Schools (2012)).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Charles W. Pruett, Coordinating Loan Repayment Assistance Programs with New Federal Legislation, 60 J. Legal Educ. 583-612 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales & James P. Dombach, Rejecting Refugees: Homeland Security's Administration of the One-Year Bar to Asylum, 52 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 651-804 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Teaching Legal Ethics Through Role Playing, 12 Legal Ethics 35-57 (2009).   
  • Philip G. Schrag, Federal Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Public Interest Lawyers and Other Employees of Governments and Nonprofit Organizations, 36 Hofstra L. Rev. 27-63 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Andrew I. Schoenholtz & Jaya Ranji-Nogales, Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication, 60 Stan. L. Rev. 295-412 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, The Federal Income-Contingent Repayment Option for Law Student Loans, 29 Hofstra L. Rev. 733-862 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michele R. Pistone, The New Asylum Rule: Improved but Still Unfair, 16 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 1-79 (2001).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, The Summary Affirmance Proposal of the Board of Immigration Appeals, 12 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 531-541 (1998).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Constructing a Clinic, 3 Clinical L. Rev. 175-247 (1996).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Don't Gut Political Asylum, 10 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 93-94 (1996).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag & J. Peter Byrne, Law Reform in Estonia: The Role of Georgetown University Law Center, 25 Law & Pol'y Int'l Bus. 449-460 (1994).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Working Papers as Federal Records: The Need for New Legislation To Preserve the History of National Policy, 46 Admin. L. Rev. 95-140 (1994).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag & David A. Koplow, Carrying a Big Carrot: Linking Multilateral Disarmament and Development Assistance, 91 Colum. L. Rev. 993-1059 (1991).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag & David A. Koplow, Linking Disarmament and Development, 11 SAIS Rev. 95-112 (1991).   
  • Philip G. Schrag & Hillard M. Sterling, Default Judgments Against Consumers: Has the System Failed?, 67 Denv. U. L. Rev. 357-399 (1990).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, The Future of District of Columbia Home Rule, 39 Cath. U. L. Rev. 311-371 (1990).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag & David A. Koplow, Phasing Out Nuclear Weapons Tests: The Belmont Conference on Nuclear Test Ban Policy, 26 Stan. J. Int'l L. 205-267 (1989).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, The Serpent Strikes: Simulation in a Large First-Year Course, 39 J. Legal Educ. 555-569 (1989).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Policy, Procedures, and People: Governmental Response to a Privately Initiated Nuclear Test Monitoring Project as a Case Study in National Security Decision-Making, 21 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 1-145 (1988).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Terry White: A Two-Front Negotiation Exercise, 88 W. Va. L. Rev. 729-776 (1986).    [HEIN] [Gtown Law]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Jane H. Aiken, David A. Koplow, Lisa G. Lerman & J.P. Ogilvy, The Learning Contract in Legal Education, 44 Md. L. Rev. 1047-1098 (1985).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Philip G. Schrag, By the People: The Political Dynamics of a Constitutional Convention, 72 Geo. L.J. 819-1108 (1984).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Teaching Legislative Process Through an Intensive Simulation, 8 Seton Hall Legis. J. 19-35 (1984).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Scenes from a Clinic, 127 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1-55 (1978).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Report from a CLEPR Colony, 76 Colum. L. Rev. 581-632 (1976).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Bruce C. Ratner, Caveat Emptor—Empty Coffer: The Bankruptcy Law Has Nothing To Offer, 72 Colum. L. Rev. 1147-1191 (1972).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Protecting the Consumer in New York City, 80 Yale L.J. 1529-1603 (1971).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Bleak House 1968: A Report on Consumer Test Litigation, 44 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 115-158 (1969).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Scientists and the Test Ban, 75 Yale L.J. 1340-1363 (1966) (reviewing Harold Karan Jacobson & Eric Stein, Diplomats, Scientists, and Politicians (1966)).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag & James G. Holland, Programing Motion Pictures: The Conversion of a PSSC Film into a Program, 13 AV Comm. Rev. 418-422 (1965).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Negotiating Tactics for Legal Services Lawyers, in What's Fair: Ethics for Negotiators 205-211 (Carrie Menkel-Meadow & Michael Wheeler eds., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2004).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Conclusion: The Extension of Politics by Other Means, in The Battle Over Citizen Lawmaking: A Collection of Essays 251-260 (M. Dane Waters ed., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2001).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, David A. Koplow & Paul C. Warnke, Nuclear Defense: The Seven Vital Principals, in America's Transition: Blueprints for the 1990s 120-141 (Mark Green & Mark Pinsky eds., New York: Democracy Project 1989).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Consumerism Today: A Movement Still in Its Infancy, in Consumerism: A New Force in Society 89-99 (Mary Gardiner Jones & David M. Gardner eds., Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books 1976).    [BOOK]
  • Philip G. Schrag, The Rights of Consumers, in The Rights of Americans: What They Are—What They Should Be 128-145 (Norman Dorsen ed., New York: Pantheon Books 1971).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Amici Curiae Law School Professors in Support of Respondent, Kerry v. Din, No. 13-1402 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2015).   

Congressional Testimony

  • Constitutional and Economic Issues Raised by D.C. Statehood: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Fiscal Aff. & Health of the H. Comm. on the District of Columbia, 99th Cong., May 13, 1986 (Statement of Philip G. Schrag) (CIS-No.: 87-H301-10).   
  • Federal Trade Commission Amendments of 1977 and Oversight: Hearing on H.R. 3816, H.R. 1767, and H.R. 2483 Before the Subcomm. on Consumer Prot. & Fin. of the H. Comm. on Interstate & Foreign Commerce, 95th Cong., Mar. 15, 1977 (Statement of Philip G. Schrag) (CIS-No.: 78-H501-2).   

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Negotiating Tactics for Legal Services, 39 Clearinghouse Rev. 589-593 (2006).    [WWW]
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michele R. Pistone, The 1996 Immigration Act: Asylum and Expedited RemovalWhat the INS Should Do, 73 Interpreter Releases 1565-1580 (1996).    [W]
  • Philip G. Schrag, The Working Papers of Federal Policymaking: Our Vanishing Public History, 16 Pub. Historian 37-65 (1994).   
  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Struktura a Metody Právního Vzdelání v USA [The Structure and Methods of Legal Education in the USA], Evropské a Mezinárodní Právo, Nov. 1992, at 22-25.   
  • Philip G. Schrag & Lisa G. Lerman, Struktura a Metody Právnického Vzdelání v USA: Cást Druhá [The Structure and Methods of Legal Education in the USA: Part Two], Evropské a Mezinárodní Právo, Dec. 1992, at 28-31.   
  • Philip G. Schrag, New Court Rule Will Curb 'Sewer Service', N.Y.L.J., Feb. 13, 1975, at 1, 4.   
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Test Case Planning, Trial, Mar./Apr. 1974, at 26-28.   
  • Philip G. Schrag & Michael Meltsner, Negotiating Tactics for Legal Services Lawyers, 7 Clearinghouse Rev. 259-263 (1973).    [HEIN]
  • Philip G. Schrag, Recent Developments in Truth-in-Lending Class Actions, 2 Class Action Rep. 65-67 (1973).   
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In the News

"Trump's Bid to Axe Public Service Loan Forgiveness Would Sever Lifeline. Opponents Say", coverage in The National Law Journal on May 24, 2017, quoting Professor Philip Schrag. 

Professor Philip Schrag was interviewed by Hearst Television Inc. on Friday February 10, 2017 by Correspondent Aixa Diaz. Topic: “Trump Considering Signing A New Immigration Executive Order”. The interview was broadcasted on stations including KCCI 8 Des Moines. 

http://www.kcci.com/article/trump-considering-signing-a-new-immigration-executive-order/8730414

 

Professor Philip Schrag, was interviewed on CBS Radio-WCCO Minneapolis, February 6, 2017 by host Chad Hartman. Topic: U.S. travel ban (A look at the court rulings so far and where it goes from here).

 https://soundcloud.com/user-19033788/philip-schrag-on-cbs-radio


Professor Philip Schrag, “Breaking down Trump’s travel order” featured on WUSA9 on February 6, 2017.

“Lawmakers weigh in on travel ban expert talks legality”, coverage in Gray/Washington News Bureau, February 2, 2017, featuring Professor Philip Schrag.

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"Trump's Bid to Axe Public Service Loan Forgiveness Would Sever Lifeline. Opponents Say", coverage in The National Law Journal on May 24, 2017, quoting Professor Philip Schrag. 

Professor Philip Schrag was interviewed by Hearst Television Inc. on Friday February 10, 2017 by Correspondent Aixa Diaz. Topic: “Trump Considering Signing A New Immigration Executive Order”. The interview was broadcasted on stations including KCCI 8 Des Moines. 

http://www.kcci.com/article/trump-considering-signing-a-new-immigration-executive-order/8730414

 

Professor Philip Schrag, was interviewed on CBS Radio-WCCO Minneapolis, February 6, 2017 by host Chad Hartman. Topic: U.S. travel ban (A look at the court rulings so far and where it goes from here).

 https://soundcloud.com/user-19033788/philip-schrag-on-cbs-radio


Professor Philip Schrag, “Breaking down Trump’s travel order” featured on WUSA9 on February 6, 2017.

“Lawmakers weigh in on travel ban expert talks legality”, coverage in Gray/Washington News Bureau, February 2, 2017, featuring Professor Philip Schrag.

"Everything you need to know about Trump's executive actions so far," coverage by CBS News, January 28, 2017, quoting Philip Schrag, Director, Center for Applied Legal Studies, Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law.

"Everything you need to know about Trump's executive actions so far," coverage on CBS News, January 28, 2017, featuring Professor Philip Schrag.

"The ABA Wants Copyright Royalties From Authors Who Publish the Law," coverage in the Verdict, August 29, 2016, quoting from Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law, a book co-authored by Professor Philip G. Schrag, director, Center for Applied Legal Studies.

"Bess Myerson, Miss America who rose in politics and fell in scandal, dies at 90," coverage in The Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2015, featuring Professor Philip Schrag.

"Afghan soldiers stopped at Canadian border," coverage in The Cape Code Times, September 23, 2014, featuring Professor Philip Schrag, director for the Center for Applied Legal Studies.

"Student-Debt Forgiveness Plans Skyrocket, Raising Fears Over Costs, Higher Tuition," coverage in The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2014, featuring Dean William M. Treanor and Professor Philip Schrag.

"Congress cries wolf on asylum fraud," an opinion piece in the Boston Globe, March 8, 2014, by Laila Hlass, L'17, mentioning Professors Andrew Schoenholtz and Philip Schrag.

"Obama Said He Can't Stop Deportations of Immigrants, But Maybe He Can," CNN Politics, November 26, 2013, quotes Georgetown Law professor Philip Schrag.

 "Legless Cyclist Rides for Asylum Seekers," CBS News, November 9, 2013, quoting Professor Philip Schrag.

"Should the Third Year of Law School Be Cut?," New York Times, September 2, 2013, a letter to the editor by Professor Philip G. Schrag. The letter was also mentioned in "Do American Lawyers Need Less Law School," Bloomberg Business Week, September 3, 2013.

Professor Philip Schrag discussed political asylum in the U.S. on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal," April 25, 2013.

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