David M. Schizer
Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
David M. Schizer became the fourteenth Dean of Columbia Law School and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law in 2004. To broaden the curriculum and create the opportunity for more intense interactions between faculty and students, Dean Schizer has increased the size of the faculty without enlarging the student body. Since his tenure as dean began, 26 new faculty have been appointed. To support the continuing growth of the faculty, construction of a new floor in Jerome Greene Hall, the heart of Columbia Law School, was completed in 2008, providing 27 additional faculty offices and academic space.
Dean Schizer has more than doubled the amount of financial support given to Columbia Law School, significantly expanding the base of donors that contribute leadership gifts. He has strengthened Columbia's support for students and graduates working in government and public interest jobs. In spring of 2007 he announced guaranteed summer funding for all J.D. students working in public interest internships and in 2008 he announced significant enhancements to Columbia Law School's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) by doubling the income threshold, accelerating loan forgiveness and enhancing benefits to working parents.
One of the nation's leading experts in tax law, Schizer worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell prior to joining the Columbia Law faculty in 1998. He is a graduate of Yale University where he earned his B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees. 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 Ninth Circuit from 1993-94 term.
Schizer was appointed dean at the age of 35, making him the youngest dean in the school's history. Prior to his appointment, 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.
Dean Schizer currently serves on two corporate boards, the Tax Club, the Tax Forum, and on the executive committee of the N.Y. State Bar Assocation Tax Section. Dean Schizer has written more than 25 books and articles on taxation, financial instruments and governance.