Barbara Schatz is Clinical Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where she currently teaches a seminar in Community Development and the Community Enterprise Clinic, in which students, under her supervision, represent non-profit organizations throughout New York City. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 1986, she practiced with a large New York City law firm and served as executive director of the Council of New York Law Associates (now Lawyers Alliance for New York), where she administered a pro bono program for 1,800 lawyers and built the organization's non-profit and community development practice.
She is president of the board of directors of Public Interest Law Institute, serves on the board of Human Rights First and is a member of the government relations committee of the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee of New York. She has represented many nonprofits in corporate, tax, regulatory, contract and real estate matters and has written or edited several publications on forming and operating exempt organizations, including Getting Organized (Lawyers Alliance for New York, 1999) and Starting Off Right (Columbia Law School, 2001). She teaches and consults with law faculties in Central and Eastern Europe, countries of the former Soviet Union and China on the creation of clinical programs, particularly those involving the representation of non-profits.