David M. Schizer

Dean David M. Schizer

Dean Emeritus and Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law & Economics, Columbia Law School

David M. Schizer is Dean Emeritus and Harvey R. Miller Professor of Law & Economics at Columbia Law School. He served as dean from 2004 to 2014. At 35, Schizer was the youngest dean in the Law School’s history, and the longest serving dean since 1971.

While on a three-year leave from the Law School from 2017 to 2019, Schizer served as executive vice president and CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a century-old international humanitarian organization.

Schizer is a scholar of tax law and of the nonprofit sector. He has served as a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, and Georgetown. He also has taught at Tokyo University, Hebrew University, the Interdisciplinary Center in Herziliya, and Ono Academic College.

Before joining the Law School faculty in 1998, Schizer was a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Schizer began his career in the tax department of Davis, Polk & Wardwell.

Schizer serves on the board of Feil Properties, a privately-owned real estate company. From 2015 to 2021, he served on the board of Seacor Holdings, Inc., an NYSE-listed shipping company. He also serves on the board of the Columbia Law Review and the Ramaz School.