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 Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics.

He is one of the nation’s leading tax law scholars, whose 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.

Schizer serves on the board of Seacor Holdings Inc., an NYSE listed company, as well as on the board of Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. He is the President of Voices of America in Israel, as well as co-chair of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of the 92nd Street Y.

Schizer served as dean from 2004 to 2014. He was the youngest dean in the Law School’s history when he began his service at the age of 35. He recruited 43 new faculty members, added a ninth floor to the main Law School building, and led a $353 million capital campaign, which represented a substantial increase over the Law School’s prior $150 million campaign In seven of his 10 years as dean, the Law School raised more than twice as much money as it was raising annually before his tenure as dean began. He forged a close relationship with Columbia Business School, including a J.D./M.B.A. program (awarding both degrees in three years), as well as a joint research center that he now co-directs. In addition to launching a range of other centers and programs, Schizer promoted innovation in the upper year curriculum and strengthened support for work in government and public interest organizations. He stewarded the Law 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 Schizer was the first to whom it applied.

He is currently the William K. Jacobs Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and he served as the Martin D. Ginsburg Visiting Professor at the Georgetown Law Center in Spring 2015.

Recent Publications:

  • "Testimony at Hearing on Iran Terror Financing and the Tax Code Before Oversight Subcommittee of House Committee on Ways and Means, November 4, 2015"
    Reprinted in 2015 Tax Notes Today 214-36 (testimony before Oversight Subcommittee of House Ways & Means Committee, Nov. 4, 2015).
  • 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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