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The Law As Vocation: David Schizer and Zachary Fasman

Date: March 17th
Time: 5:45 PM EST

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 CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a century-old international humanitarian organization. He redesigned JDC’s planning process to allocate its $365 million annual budget more strategically, while also increasing JDC’s philanthropic support. Schizer is one of the nation’s leading scholars on tax law and on the nonprofit sector. He is a founder and co-director of the Richman Center for Business, Law & Public Policy, a founder and co-chair of the Center for Israeli Legal Studies, and a founder and co-chair of the Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center. 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.

Zach Fasman is a mediator and arbitrator and an adjunct professor at NYU Law School, where he teaches labor and employment law.  He practiced in this field for nearly 50 years, retiring from Proskauer Rose in 2019 after a lengthy career at Paul Hastings LLP in both New York and Washington.  He has written and spoken extensively on labor and employment law matters, testified in Congress on many occasions on issues in his field, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the NYU Law School’s Center for Labor and Employment Law.  His legal experience includes scores of trials and numerous appellate arguments, including two successful arguments before the Supreme Court.  His contributions to the law have been recognized for many years in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon.

Zach is a member of the Tikvah Fund Advisory Board, the advisory board of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Board of Directors of the Community Security Service (CSS), an organization providing security services to temples and at other Jewish events.  Zach  was a long-time member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Claims Conference, and of the New York Regional Board of the ADL.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School.  He and his wife Andrea Udoff live in New York City.