Thomas Schmidt

Thomas P Schmidt

  • Academic Fellow and Lecturer in Law

Yale Law School, J.D., 2011
University of Cambridge, M.Phil., 2008 (Classics)
Yale University, B.A., 2006 (Classics)

Areas of Specialty

Federal Courts
Civil Procedure 
Separation of Powers
Constitutional Law
History of Legal Thought

Tom Schmidt is an Academic Fellow at Columbia Law School.  His research focuses on federal courts; constitutional law, history, and theory; and the history of legal thought.  Before joining Columbia, Tom practiced law for over six years, specializing in Supreme Court and appellate litigation.  Among other cases, he represented the plaintiffs in Trump v. Hawaii, the challenge to President Trump’s travel ban, from the initial complaint to the Supreme Court; he litigated successful challenges to two of the Trump Administration’s asylum bans; he represented the Governor of Pennsylvania and state election officials in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about partisan gerrymandering; and he has helped handle a pending challenge to President Trump’s dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument.  He also argued a precedent-setting appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit about venue in patent cases. 

Tom has a B.A. from Yale University, an M.Phil. in Classics from the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.  While in law school, he was a Projects Editor for the Yale Law Journal, an Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, and the Student Co-Director of the Global Constitutionalism Seminar.  He clerked for Judge Merrick Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court, nine of the federal courts of appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.