The Catholic University of America

Heidi Mandanis Schooner

Professor Schooner’s scholarship examines the challenges in regulating the financial services industry. She recently co-authored a textbook on international bank regulation: Global Bank Regulation: Principles and Policies (with Michael W. Taylor). Professor Schooner has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and to various federal and state agencies. She teaches courses in financial institutions regulation, corporations, contracts, and commercial law. Professor Schooner joined the law faculty at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, in 1993. She has been a visiting professor at Suffolk University Law School and at George Washington University Law School. As a practicing lawyer, Professor Schooner was in house counsel for a Washington D.C. area bank holding company. She also practiced in the General Counsel's Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as an associate with a private law firm. Professor Schooner received her bachelor's degree from Duke University with honors and juris doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Research and Writing


The Dogma of Capital Regulation as a Response to the Financial Crisis, in THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF GLOBAL FINANCIAL GOVERNANCE AND THE ROLE OF SOFT LAW, BRILL Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Friedl Weiss & Armin Kammel, eds., 2015)
U.S. Bank Resolution Reform: Then and Again, in CROSS BORDER INSOLVENCY, Oxford (Rosa Lastra, ed.) (2011)
Gringott’s: The Role of Banks in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, in THE LAW AND HARRY POTTER, Carolina Press (Jeffrey E. Thomas and Franklin G. Snyder ed., 2010)
Banks and Internet Payment Systems, in COMPARATIVE LAW PORTUGUESE-AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES Vol II (Dario Moura Vicente and Marshal Breger, ed., 2010)
Functional Regulation: The Securitization of Banking Law, in FINANCIAL MODERNIZATION AFTER GRAMM-LEACH-BLILEY 189 (Patricia A. McCoy ed., 2002)
Registration and Regulatory Requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Other Securities Statutes, chapter in BANKING LAW (1998 Rel.) (the original version of this chapter was authored by Vincent Di Lorenzo)
Depository Institution Regulators, chapter in GARY L. EDLES AND JEROME NELSON, FEDERAL REGULATORY PROCESS: AGENCY PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES (2d ed., 1995 & 1997 Supp.)


Regulating Angels, University of Georgia Law Review (forthcoming 2016)

Big Banks and Business Methods Patents, 16 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 431 (2014) (with Megan La Belle)

Private Enforcement of Systemic Risk Regulation, 43 Creighton Law Review 993 (2010) 

A Lashing for the Bankers: New federal ownership plan for large banks may herald more punishing regulation, Vol. XXXI, No. 42 LEGAL TIMES (Oct. 20, 2008)
What’s Wrong With Wal-Bank?, THE FINANCIAL REGULATOR, Vo. 11, No. 2 at 41 (2006)
Consuming Debt: Structuring the Federal Response to Abuses in Consumer Credit, 18 LOYOLA CONSUMER LAW REVIEW 43 (2005), reprinted in CONSUMER PROTECTION: DISPUTES AND RESOLUTION (K. Padmaja, ed., 2008)
OCC Fumbles Over “Bank of Presidents,” THE FINANCIAL REGULATOR, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2004)
Spitzer’s Main Street Beat, THE FINANCIAL REGULATOR, Vol. 8, No. 4, at 21 (2004)
United Kingdom and United States Responses to the Regulatory Challenges of Modern Financial Markets, 38 TEXAS INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 317 (2003) (with Michael W. Taylor)
Why didn’t Enron’s board and watchdog howl?, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, February 4, 2002, at 25A
Convergence and Competition: The Case of Bank Regulation in Britain and the United States, 20 MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 595 (1999) (with Michael W. Taylor)
Regulating Risk Not Function, 66 UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI LAW REVIEW 441 (1998)
Will Citigroup Deliver Bad Law or Real Reform?, THE FINANCIAL REGULATOR, Vol. 3, No. 1, at 33 (1998)
Recent Challenges to the Persistent Dual Banking System, 41 ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL 263 (1996)
False Claims: Third Annual Survey of White Collar Crime, 22 AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW 367 (1985)


In Her Words ...

"Justice Brandeis described two fundamental human limitations: 'First, that no man can serve two masters; second, that a man cannot at the same time do many things well.' (Louis D. Brandeis, Other People’s Money,1913).  I am interested in how the law responds to these and other human limitations."

– Heidi Mandanis Schooner



Office: 458 Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5672



  • Financial Institutions Regulation
  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Commercial Transactions



Georgetown University Law Center, 1985
Article & Notes Editor, American Criminal Law Review
Duke University, Economics, cum laude, 1982

Areas of Expertise

  • Regulation of Financial Institutions
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  • Visiting Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., 2003-2005
  • Acting General Counsel, First American Metro Corp., McLean, Virginia, 1991 - 1992
  • Staff Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C., 1986 - 1988