David M. Schizer became the fourteenth dean of Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law in 2004. As 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 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 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.
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.