David Schizer

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

David Schizer

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

David M. Schizer is Dean Emeritus and Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia Law School. He is one of the nation’s leading tax law scholars, whose research also focuses on energy law and corporate governance issues. He is 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, and 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 and co-chair of the governance committee of the board of directors of the 92nd Street Y.

Schizer served as dean of the Law School from 2004 to 2014. When he began as dean at age 35, Schizer was the youngest dean to serve the Law School in its history. He recruited 43 new faculty members, added a ninth floor to the main Law School building, and led a $353-million capital campaign—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. 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 challenging economic times, working personally on behalf of students to ensure that their employment opportunities remained comparable to those of previous generations. Schizer was the first dean to serve under a 10-year term limit, enacted by faculty in 1971.

He is 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 2015.

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1993
  • M.A., Yale College, 1990
Areas of Expertise
  • Tax law
  • Energy law
  • Corporate governance
  • “Subsidizing Charity: Contributions or Endowment Income?” (working paper)
  • “The Undoing of Taxes?: The Price of Tax Mismatches,” (with Thomas Brennan), (working paper)
  • “Energy Subsidies: Worthy Goals, Competing Priorities, and Flawed Institutional Design,” (working paper)
  • “Between Scylla and Charybdis: Taxing Corporations, Shareholders, or Both,” Columbia Law Review, forthcoming
  • “Report on Regulations Under Section 871(m),” N.Y. State Bar Association Tax Section Report #1340, 2016
  • “Remembering Harvey Goldschmid,” in Columbia Law Review, 2016
  • “Taxing Income From States That Sponsor Terrorism,” in Tax Notes, 2016
  • “Limiting Tax Expenditures,” Tax Law Review, 2015
  • “Tax and Governance: The Influence of Tax on Managerial Agency Costs,” in Oxford Handbook on Corporate Law and Governance, 2015
  • “The Shale Oil and Gas Revolution, Hydraulic Fracturing, and Water Contamination: A Regulatory Strategy,” (with Thomas W. Merrill) in Minnesota Law Review, 2013
  • “I Like to Pay Taxes: Taxpayer Support for Government Spending and the Efficiency of the Tax System,” (with Yair Listokin) in Tax Law Review, 2013
  • “Fiscal Policy in an Era of Austerity,” in Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2012
  • “Subsidizing the Press” in Legal Analysis, 2010
  • “Energy Policy for an Economic Downturn: A Proposed Petroleum Fuel Price Stabilization Plan,” (with Thomas Merrill), Yale Journal on Regulation, 2010
  • “Subsidizing Charitable Contributions: Incentives, Information and the Private Pursuit of Public Goals,” in Tax Law Review, 2009
Activities and Affiliations
  • Board of Directors, Seacor Holdings Inc., (member of audit and nominating committees of NYSE traded company), 2014–present
  • Board of Directors, 92nd Street Y, (chair of interim law committee), 2014–present
  • Fellow and Senior Advisor, Tikvah Fund, 2014–present
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Center on Israeli Legal Studies, Columbia Law School, 2007–present
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, Columbia University, 2012–present
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Charles E. Gerber Center for Transactional Studies, Columbia Law School, 2001–2004, 2014–present
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy, 2014-present
  • New York State Bar Association Tax Section Executive Committee, 1999–present
  • Member, Tax Club (organization of N.Y. tax practitioners who meet monthly to discuss tax scholarship), 2000–present
  • Member, Tax Forum (same), 2002–present
  • Legal Advisory Counsel, LegalZoom, 2012–present
  • Board of Directors, Q-Comm Corporation (a privately held cable company), 2007–2010
  • Board of Directors, Sapphire Industrials Corp. (a publicly traded blank-check acquisition company), 2007–2010
  • Public Representative, NASDAQ Review Council (a mechanism for appealing disciplinary actions against NASDAQ members)
  • External Review Panel for Chicago-Kent Law School, 2012
  • Board of Trustees, Natan (a nonprofit foundation that supports Jewish philanthropy), 2005–2010
  • Board of Trustees, Fund for the City of New York, 2005–2006
  • Board of Directors, Columbia-Barnard Hillel, 2005–2010
  • External Review Panel of the ISDA Determinations Committee in the matter of CEMEX (first external review panel ever empanelled by ISDA), December 2009
  • Co-Chair for Entry Level Candidates, Appointments Committee, Columbia Law School, 2002–2004
  • Chair, Clerkship Committee, Columbia Law School, 2000–2002
  • Milton Handler Research Fellow, Columbia Law School, Summer 2000, Summer 2002, Summer 2003
  • Board of Directors, Columbia Business Law Review, 2001–2004
  • Advisory Board, Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions, 2000–2006
Honors and Awards
  • Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Jewish Theological Seminary, 2009
  • Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2002
Professional Experience
  • Professor, Columbia Law School, 2002–present
  • Associate Professor, Columbia Law School, 1998–2001
  • Tax Attorney, Davis, Polk & Wardwell, 1995–1998
  • Law Clerk, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court, 1994–1995
  • Law Clerk, Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993–1994 
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