In addition to her work as an artist, Madeleine Schachter is Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she teaches Medical Ethics and Advanced Clinical Ethics. She also serves on an Institutional Review Board, where she reviews biomedical research on human subjects relating to cancer and relating to global health initiatives. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of New York Presbyterian Hospital. In addition, she teaches Bioethics to medical students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, from which she received letters of commendation for her teaching.
She has been certified as a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician and has also been certified in training on incident management and command systems and hazardous materials by FEMA, in hostile environment awareness training, concussion training for youth sports coaches, and by the Collaborative Institution Training Initiative.
Previously, she practiced law for 30 years, most recently as Partner/Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the international law firm Baker & McKenzie, where she worked exclusively on global pro bono and community service, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability matters with the firm’s 4000 lawyers based in more than 40 countries.
Examples of her pro bono work include representation of the International Red Cross to draft harmonized model legislation to address disaster response; providing on-the-ground support including in the operating room to an international medical mission as it performed volunteer restorative surgery on under-privileged children with cleft lips and cleft palates in Leyte, The Philippines; and providing legal and policy guidance in consultation with governments. For instance, she worked on a freedom of information act for Yemen, presenting to Parliamentarians and others in Sana'a, a law Yemen subsequently enacted; advised a not-for profit organization in consultation with the White House Office of Science and Technology and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on issues relating to humanitarian uses of patents; drafted legislation in collaboration with three multinational companies for an international NGO to prohibit socioeconomic and sexual exploitation of women in the workplace in Nepal, which included presentations to Nepali legislators and others in Kathmandu; and met with governmental officials and journalists in Yemen, Bulgaria, and Jamaica to comment on U.S. legal perspectives relating to freedoms of press and speech at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State and the respective American Embassies in Sana'a, Sofia, and Kingston.
Ms. Schachter developed a global corporate social responsibility platform for public-private partnerships that focuses on humanitarian and health issues to address global poverty through demand-driven innovation. She is the author of the book Global Social Investment: A Practical Handbook for Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, which covers the theories and practice, pragmatic approaches, and methodological tools for impact measurement.
She is the author of three other books: Law of Internet Speech, Informational and Decisional Privacy, and The Law Professor’s Handbook: A Practical Guide to Teaching Law. Her work has also been published in legal and medical journals and treatises, including on global biomedical and legal ethics. While working full-time, she also served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School for a decade, teaching JD and LLM candidates courses on Internet speech, privacy, and media law.
Ms. Schachter serves on the Boards of Directors of Concern Worldwide US, which works with the world’s most vulnerable people in more than two dozen countries; and Autism Parents Connect, which empowers carers of persons with autism. Previously, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the International NGO Safety and Security Association, which works to improve the quality and effectiveness of safety and security for humanitarian relief and development assistance workers operating in dangerous environments.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, from which she received a BA in Medical Ethics (a major she designed, the first of its kind in any higher academic institution) and Political Science. She received her JD degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Scholar. She has studied classical ballet as a tutorial student for more than a decade.