David M. Schizer

Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law; Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics

Office: Office of the Dean, Jerome L. Greene Hall, Suite 800
435 West 116th Street, Box B -12
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-2675
Fax: 212-854-9740
Email: dschiz@law.columbia.edu

Assistant Info

Name: Megan Savage
Phone: 212-854-2677
Email: megan.savage@law.columbia.edu
Website:         www.law.columbia.edu/deans-office


  • 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 became the fourteenth dean of Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law in 2004. To broaden the curriculum and create the opportunity for more intense interactions between faculty and students, Dean Schizer has increased the size of the faculty, adding 39 new faculty members since July 2004. To support the continuing growth of the faculty, construction of a new floor in Jerome Greene Hall, the heart of Columbia Law School, was completed in 2008, providing 27 additional faculty offices and academic space.

In addition to implementing changes in the Law School’s first-year curriculum, Dean Schizer has focused on enhancing the upper-year curriculum. He has launched a number of new centers and programs in a range of fields, including transactional studies, national security, intellectual property, climate change, Israeli legal studies, global legal transformation, institutional and social change, public research and leadership, law and politics, and the law of India. Further deepening Columbia Law School’s unparalleled business law scholarship and curriculum, the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy was established in 2011 in partnership with the Business School. To create enhanced study-abroad opportunities, Dean Schizer has also forged partnerships, known as “Global Alliances,” with the University of Oxford, the University of Amsterdam, Sciences Po, and Paris I. In 2010, the Law School launched an accelerated J.D./M.B.A. program, with classes co-created and co-taught by Columbia Business School faculty.

Dean Schizer has substantially increased the financial support received by Columbia Law School and has also strengthened the Law School’s support for students and graduates working in government and public interest jobs. In six of his ten years as dean so far, the School has raised more than twice as much money as it was raising before his tenure as dean began. In 2007, he announced guaranteed summer funding for all J.D. students working in public interest internships, and, in 2008, he announced significant enhancements to Columbia Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) by doubling the income threshold, accelerating loan forgiveness, and enhancing benefits to working parents. He has expanded the clinical faculty in mediation and in prisoners’ rights, and launched a new program that allows third-year students to spend their fall semester in Washington, D.C., working full time in federal government.

Dean Schizer is one of the nation’s leading academic experts in tax law, whose research has also focused on energy law and corporate governance. Dean Schizer worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the Columbia Law School faculty in 1998. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned his B.A., M.A., and J.D. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for the 1994–95 term and for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit during the 1993–94 term.

Dean Schizer was appointed dean effective July 1, 2004 at the age of 35, making him the youngest dean in the Law School’s history. Prior to his appointment, Dean Schizer served as the Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law at Columbia Law School. Students awarded him the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2002. He is co-director of the Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center, and of the Center for Israeli Legal Studies, and of the the Richard P. Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy, a center administered jointly with the Columbia Business School.  In 2013 he was named the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics. 

Dean Schizer has served on various corporate boards, the Tax Club, the Tax Forum, and on the executive committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. He has written more than 27 books and articles on taxation, governance, and energy law, including on financial instruments, executive compensation, gas taxes, the shale oil and gas and hydraulic fracturing, the charitable deduction, and press subsidies.

Recent Publications:

  • The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Water Contamination: A Regulatory Strategy, (with Prof. Thomas W. Merrill), 98 MINN. L. REV. (forthcoming November 2013)
  • 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)