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William Schaefer completed his undergraduate studies in Political Science at the George Washington University; and graduate studies in Political Science at Rutgers University and the American University; and, after a ten year teaching career, earned a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Washington College of Law, American University. He taught in American University’s School of Government and Public Administration as well as the Washington Semester Program and was awarded the American University Teacher of the Year award. He has published in a number of journals and chapters in American Government textbooks.
Following law school, Schaefer served as a clerk to United States District Court Judge Raymond Broderick in the Easter District of Pennsylvania. Professor Schaefer started his career as a prosecutor by serving as a Suffolk County, New York Assistant District Attorney. He, then, served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force in the Northern District of California. In that position, he prosecuted Asian, Russian, and Italian Organized Crime cases including the successful prosecution of one of the largest Chinese Triads in the world. He twice received the Executive Director’s award as outstanding prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice.
Following his retirement from public service, he has taught political science, criminology, and criminal justice at Hofstra University; SUNY Old Westbury; Long Island University, Southampton, and Dowling College.
An avid traveler, he has both for work and leisure, traveled to 109 nations throughout the world.