David M. Schizer
Visiting Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., J.D., Yale
David M. Schizer is the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia Law School. He served as dean there from 2004 to...Continue Reading
David M. Schizer is the Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law and Economics at Columbia Law School. He served as dean there from 2004 to 2014. When appointed as dean at the age of thirty-five, he was the youngest dean in the school's history. He also was the longest-serving dean in over four decades.
Professor Schizer is one of the nation’s leading academic experts in tax law, whose research also focuses on energy law and corporate governance. Professor 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. Prior to his service as dean, Professor 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.
Professor 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 30 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, tax expenditures, the interplay of tax and corporate governance, and press subsidies.