David Schizer

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David Schizer
Born (1968-12-05) December 5, 1968 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Fields Tax law
Institutions Columbia Law School
Alma mater Yale University
Influences Martin Ginsburg

David M. Schizer (born December 5, 1968) was named the fourteenth Dean of Columbia Law School in 2004. He was appointed Dean at the age of 35, making him the youngest dean in the school's history and one of the youngest deans of a top law school.

Schizer worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the Columbia Law faculty in 1998. Schizer is occasionally mentioned as a potential future United States Supreme Court nominee.[1]

Schizer is a graduate of Yale University where he earned his B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees. Schizer 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 Ninth Circuit from 1993-94 term. Schizer is a member of the Federalist Society.

Schizer continues to teach a colloquium on tax, and a course on professional responsibility. Prior to his appointment as dean, Schizer served as the Wilbur H. Friedman Professor of Tax Law at Columbia Law School. For his ingenuity in the classroom, students awarded him the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.


  1. ^ Schneider-Mayerson, Anna (2005-11-03). "The Little Supremes". The New York Observer. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
David Leebron
Dean of Columbia Law School
2004 - 2014
Succeeded by
Gillian Lester (designee)