David M. Schizer

Dean Emeritus and the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics

Office: Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 903
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-2599
Fax: 212-854-7946
Email: david.schizer@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Barbara Lester
Phone: 212-854-9408
Email: barbara.lester@law.columbia.edu
  • Yale Law School. New Haven, CT. J.D., 1993. Yale Law Journal, Executive Editor.
  • Yale College. New Haven, CT. M.A., History, 1990. B.A., History, Summa Cum Laude, 1990.

Detailed Biography:

David M. Schizer is Dean Emeritus and the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics; Co-director of the Richard P. Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy; Co-director of the Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center; and Co-director of the Center for Israeli Legal Studies.

He has been selected to hold the title of William K. Jacobs Visiting Professor of Law during his appointment to the Harvard Law School faculty for Fall 2015, and he served as the Martin D. Ginsburg Visiting Professor at the Georgetown Law Center in Spring 2015.

Schizer began his service as the 14th dean of Columbia Law School in July 2004, becoming, at the age of 35, the youngest dean in the School’s history. To broaden the curriculum and facilitate greater interactions between faculty and students, he added 43 new faculty members during his tenure, resulting in a student-faculty ratio at Columbia Law School that has never been lower. As dean, Schizer also established a faculty housing program that helped attract top teaching talent to New York City, and he added a ninth floor to Jerome Greene Hall to provide additional office and classroom space.

While strengthening the upper-year curriculum, Schizer launched new centers and programs in arbitration, climate change law, constitutional governance, global legal transformation, the law of India, institutional and social change, intellectual property, Israeli legal studies, national security law, public research and leadership, sexuality and gender law, and transactional studies. He also forged joint ventures with Columbia Business School, including an accelerated J.D./M.B.A. program and the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy. To enhance opportunities for faculty collaboration and exchange, as well as international degree programs for students, he formed global alliances with the University of Oxford, the University of Amsterdam, Sciences Po, and Paris I.

Schizer increased the financial support received by Columbia Law School and strengthened support for those working in government and public interest jobs. In seven of his 10 years as dean, the Law School raised more than twice as much money as it was raising before his tenure as dean began, and the $353 million capital campaign he led represents a substantial increase over the School’s prior $150 million campaign. He stewarded the School through unusually challenging economic times and worked personally on behalf of students to ensure that their employment opportunities remained comparable to those of the generations who came before them. In 1971, the faculty enacted a 10-year term limit and Dean Schizer is the first to whom it applied.

David Schizer is one of the nation’s leading tax law scholars, and his research also focuses on energy law and corporate governance issues. He serves as co-director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy; co-director of the Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center; and co-director of the Center for Israeli Legal Studies. He also serves on the board of Seacor Holdings Inc., an NYSE listed company.

Recent Publications:

  • Limiting Tax Expenditures, Tax L. Rev. (Vol. 68, No. 2: Winter 2015).
  • Tax and Governance: The Influence of Tax on Managerial Agency Costs, in Oxford Handbook on Corporate Law and Governance (online version July 2015).
  • The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Water Contamination: A Regulatory Strategy, (with Prof. Thomas W. Merrill), 98 MINN. L. REV. (November 2013), reprinted in ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY ANNUAL REVIEW (Aug. 2015).
  • I Like to Pay Taxes: Taxpayer Support for Government Spending and the Efficiency of the Tax System, (with Prof. Yair Listokin), 66 TAX L. REV. 179 (2013)
  • Fiscal Policy in an Era of Austerity, HARV. J. LAW & PUB. POL’Y (2012)
  • Subsidizing the Press, 3 J. LEGAL ANALYSIS 1 (2010)
  • Energy Policy for an Economic Downturn: A Proposed Petroleum Fuel Price Stabilization Plan, (with Thomas Merrill), 27 YALE J. ON REG. 1 (2010)
  • Subsidizing Charitable Contributions: Incentives, Information and the Private Pursuit of Public Goals, 62 TAX L. REV. 221 (2009)
  • Enlisting the Tax Bar, 59 TAX L. REV. 331 (2006)
  • Balance in the Taxation of Financial Instruments: An Agenda for Reform, 104 COLUM. L. REV. 1886, (2004)  
  • Scrubbing the Wash Sale Rules, 82 TAXES 67 (2004)
  • Market Bubbles and Wasteful Avoidance: Tax and Regulatory Constraints on Short Sales, (with Michael Powers and Martin Shubik), 57 TAX L. REV. 233 (2004)
  • Understanding Venture Capital Structure: A Tax Explanation for Convertible Preferred Securities, (with Prof. Ronald Gilson), 116 HARV. L. REV. 874 (2003) 
  • Frictions and Tax-Motivated Hedging: An Empirical Exploration of Publicly-Traded Exchangeable Securities, (with Prof. William Gentry), 56 NAT'L TAX J. 167 (2003)
  • Frictions as a Constraint on Tax Planning, 101 COLUM. L. REV. 1312 (2001)
  • Tax Constraints on Indexed Options, 149 U. PA. L. REV. 1942  (2001)


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