David Schizer

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David Schizer
David Schizer, February 2018 (6443) (cropped).jpg
Born (1968-12-05) December 5, 1968 (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York
Academic background
Alma materYale University
InfluencesMartin Ginsburg
Academic work
DisciplineTax law
InstitutionsColumbia Law School

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. He served in this position until June 30, 2014.

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. While there, he was also the editor of the Yale Law Journal. 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. His research also focuses on energy law and corporate governance issues. 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 in 2002.

Schizer practices Orthodox Judaism.


  1. ^ Schneider-Mayerson, Anna (2005-11-03). "The Little Supremes". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-10.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
David Leebron
Dean of Columbia Law School
Succeeded by
Gillian Lester