David N. Schleicher

Professor of Law


Professor Schleicher is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and is an expert in election law, land use, local government law, urban development, transportation, and local regulation of the sharing economy. His work has been published widely in academic journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the University of Chicago Law Review, as well as in popular outlets like The Atlantic and Slate.

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David Schleicher

Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


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

Professor Schleicher is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and is an expert in election law, land use, local government law, urban development, transportation, and local regulation of the sharing economy. His work has been published widely in academic journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the University of Chicago Law Review, as well as in popular outlets like The Atlantic and Slate. His scholarship focuses on state and local elections, the relationship between local government law and agglomeration economics, and pathologies in land use politics and procedure. 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 “interesting” by the Nation, "clever" by The Economist, “neat” by Slate, "prescient" by City Observatory, “excellent” by Forbes, and discussed extensively in The Atlantic, National Affairs, Reuters, and 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 magna cum laude 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.

Friday, September 15, 2017


In Detroit, the end of blight is in sight

Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article about the rebuilding of Detroit.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


The Impact of Local Laws

David Schleicher received tenure and was appointed Professor of Law at Yale Law School on July 1, 2017. On the occasion of Schleicher’s promotion, we asked him a few questions about his research and teaching.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


A legal fight over New York City dog-sitters highlights a bigger problem in America

Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article about regulation and the sharing economy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Common Interpretation: The Seventeenth Amendment

Professor of Law David Schleicher took part in a written debate on the Seventeenth Amendment as part of the Interactive Constitution project.

Monday, May 22, 2017


David Schleicher on Local and State Regulation and Declining Mobility

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher was a guest on a podcast where he discussed how government regulations have led to a significant decline in inter-state mobility.

Friday, May 19, 2017


America’s declining mobility has millennials feeling stuck

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article on the declining domestic migration rates among millennials.

Monday, April 24, 2017


If you really respect Trump voters, tell them the truth

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Anatomy of a NIMBY

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article about the consequences of restricting housing construction.

Friday, February 10, 2017


Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article about the high cost of infrastructure projects in America.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Staying Put: Why Nobody’s Moving Right Now

Associate Professor of Law David Scheicher was a guest where he discussed mobility in America.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


America the Stuck

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article on mobility among American workers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Make HUD Great Again: A Trump-friendly housing agenda that might actually help working- and middle-class families.

A study co-authored by Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article about the potential for HUD reforms under Ben Carson, nominated for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Where the Second Avenue Subway Went Wrong

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article on the costs of American infrastructure projects compared to those in other countries.

Thursday, December 22, 2016


Second Avenue subway cost concerns transit experts

Associate Professor of Law David N. Schleicher is quoted about construction efficiencies in urban areas.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Subtract and divide: Both economic hardship and racial divisions fuel support for Donald Trump

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an Economist article about the political polarization in America and abroad.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Moving vans more powerful than ballot boxes

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is mentioned in an article about barriers to inter-state migration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Getting People Where the Jobs Are—A Commentary by David Schleicher

Professor Schleicher is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Editorial: Breaking the battle lines over housing

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is mentioned in an editorial about tax rebates for homeowners.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Are Prosecutors the Key to Justice Reform?

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is quoted in an article about the role of the prosecutor in the justice system.

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Terms of enlargement

Studies on urban planning by Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher are cited.

Thursday, April 14, 2016


This San Francisco council member has a clever idea to address the coastal housing shortage

Studies on urban planning by Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher are cited.

Friday, April 8, 2016


Why U.S. Infrastructure Costs So Much

A study co-authored by Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article about the cost of infrastructure projects in the U.S.

Monday, January 11, 2016


How Old is Donald Trump?

Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article on Donald Trump.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Can ‘Planning’ Deregulate Land Use?—A Commentary by Roderick M. Hills and David Schleicher

Roderick M. Hills Jr. is the William T. Comfort III Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and David Schleicher is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


If you want to understand Donald Trump, look to the success of the European far-right

A paper by Associate Professor of Law David Schleicher is cited in an article about the rise of Donald Trump from a global perspective.

Monday, March 2, 2015


David Schleicher to Join Yale Law School Faculty in July as Associate Professor of Law

Dean Robert C. Post ’77 has announced the appointment of David Schleicher to the Yale Law School faculty.