Meet Dean David Schizer

Dean Schizer Profiled in Crain's "40 Under Forty"

Dean David Schizer appeared in the Crain's New York Business article "40 Under Forty," an annual feature that has honored talented young New York businesspeople for the past 17 years. The selection process requires input from reporting staff, editors and readers, who this year nominated more than 500 hopefuls. Crain's then chooses a group of 40 based on various factors, including individual accomplishments, diversity and industry.

Dean Schizer Appears on the Cover of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Dean David Schizer and Columbia Law School were prominently featured in an article titled "The Slowly Changing Faces of Ivy League Law Schools," which ran as a cover story in the December 5, 2005, issue of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. The story detailed Columbia Law's efforts to hire faculty from a variety of backgrounds and to enroll a diverse group of students.

Dean Schizer said that attracting desirable faculty is easy.  "One of the great selling points of Columbia is that you can come and teach these amazing people," he said. "People who are considering the school see how successful we've been in assembling this wonderfully diverse community, and they find that attractive."

David Schizer, featured in The National Law Journal
Columbia Law School Dean David Schizer, 36, was named to the National Law Journal's annual "40 under 40" list of upcoming lawyers.

Dean Schizer, who just completed his first year as dean, is the youngest dean ever to serve at the Law School. After joining the faculty in 1998, he made his course in tax law into one of the most popular on campus, won the Willis Reese teaching prize, and became a tenured professor at 33.

The top 40 names were culled from nominations from Journal readers, as well as the magazine's own research department, and on the advice of legal association

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Meet the 14th Dean of Columbia Law School
David M. Schizer, the Law School's 14th dean, is a tax law specialist who loves his subject.  He also possesses a tremendous work ethic and has set his sights on expanding Columbia's role as an institution that betters the world.

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An Interview with Dean Schizer
Deans need energy and enthusiasm, and they should also bring a fresh perspective - a sense that our flaws can be fixed, and that our potential is limitless. The stereotype, at least, is that young people are more likely to have these qualities. Deans also need an easy rapport with students, and being closer to their age helps.

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Young David flies his kite


Deals: The Work of Dean Schizer
David Schizer has taught federal income taxation, the taxation of financial instruments, corporate tax, and an introduction to corporate transactions, known as the "Deals" course and the "Deals Workshop" ­ curricular offerings he helped launch. And while hešs also written extensively on many tax-related topics, hešs carved out a unique scholarly niche on the intersection of tax and corporate governance.

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Dean's Letters to Graduates
Click here to read recent letters from Dean David Schizer to Columbia Law School graduates.