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David Van Zandt is an American academic administrator and currently President of The New School. Previously he served as Dean of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, from 1995 to 2011.[1][2] He has taught courses in international financial markets, business associations, property, practical issues in business law, and legal realism. He is an expert in business associations, international business transactions, property law, jurisprudence, law and social science, and legal education.[3]

David Van Zandt
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President of The New School
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Preceded byBob Kerrey
Personal details
David Edgar Van Zandt

Montgomery Township, New Jersey, U.S.
Spouse(s)Lisa Huestis
ChildrenCaroline Van Zandt (b. 1991)
Nicholas Van Zandt (b. 1993)
Alma materLSE (PhD)
Yale Law School (JD)
Princeton University (BA)
WebsiteDavid E. Van Zandt



Van Zandt graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Sociology. In 1981, he completed his JD at Yale Law School, where he served as managing editor for the Yale Law Journal, and earned his PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.[citation needed]

He clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court from 1982-83. He also was an associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

Van Zandt joined Northwestern University faculty in 1985 and became dean in 1995. He is the second longest serving law dean in Northwestern history.

In 2011, Van Zandt was named the eighth president of the New School in New York City.[4]

David Van Zandt also serves as treasurer of the American Bar Foundation,[5] director of AMR Research,[6] and is a board member of both the American Law Deans Association[7] and AMC Networks.[8]

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

He was born and raised in New Jersey along with his three siblings. In the late 1980s, he married Lisa Huestis, a friend and lawyer. The couple have two children. They moved to Chicago when Van Zandt was offered a job as a professor at Northwestern Law. After being named the 8th president of the New School, Van Zandt and his family moved to New York at the beginning of 2011.

Selected worksEdit

  • "The Breadth of Life in the Law" (Cardozo Law Review 1992)
  • "An Alternative Theory of Practical Reason in Judicial Decisions" (Tulane Law Review 1991)
  • "Commonsense Reasoning, Social Change, and the Law" (Northwestern Law Review 1987, M. Perry & R. Levin eds. Cambridge University Press 1990)
  • "Neutralizing the Regulatory Burden: The Use of Equity Securities by Foreign Corporate Acquirers" (Yale Law Journal 1980)


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2010-10-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-22. Retrieved 2010-08-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-08-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "About University President - The New School". Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-08-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "David E. Van Zandt: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2010-08-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "About Us - AMC Networks Inc". Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Membership Roster". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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