David N. Schleicher

Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2004

M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2001

A.B., Dartmouth College, 2000

Courses Taught
  • Local Government Law
  • Procedure I
  • The State and Local Budget Crisis
  • Property Law
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David Schleicher is the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law at Yale Law School and is an expert in local government law, land use, federalism, state and local finance, and urban development. His work has been published widely in academic journals and popular outlets. He recently released a new book, In a Bad State: Responding to State and Local Fiscal Crises, and has co-authored leading casebooks about local government and property law. Professor Schleicher is also the co-host of the hit podcast, “Digging a Hole: The Legal Theory Podcast.”

Professor Schleicher has been called the ideal legal scholar of cities” (Edward Glaeser, Harvard University), “the leading lawyer on state and city governments” (Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch ‘58), and “one of the most brilliant and far-ranging political thinkers of his generation.” (Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker).  In the press, he has been called “the most important thinker we have on the subject of local government” and “ingenious” by National Review and one of the “most interesting writers on land use” by Washington Monthly. His work has been described as “great but old fashioned” by Vox, “interesting” by The Nation, “clever” by The Economist, “neat” by Slate, “startling” by City Observatory, “excellent” by Forbes, and discussed extensively in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The AtlanticNational Affairs and Reuters, among a number of other places. 

Schleicher was previously an Associate Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where he won the university’s Teaching Excellence Award. He has also taught at Georgetown, Harvard, and New York University. He is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School. He also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an AB in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College.