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Madeleine Schachter

Global Access to Technology for Development
Managing Director of Social Investment
New York, NY, USA


Madeleine Schachter is Managing Director of Social Investment at Global Access to Technology & Development, where she is developing a new global corporate social responsibility platform for public private partnerships in strategic collaborations. Previously, she was Partner/Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Baker & McKenzie, where she worked exclusively on global pro bono and community service, global diversity and inclusion, and global sustainability matters, including in an active pro bono practice with an emphasis on human and humanitarian rights and global health issues, and by directing the Firm's pro bono teaming practice in which Firm attorneys and in-house counsel collaborate on pro bono matters.

Her pro bono practice has included drafting model legislation in collaboration with in-house counsel for an international NGO to prohibit socioeconomic and sexual exploitation of women in the workplace in Nepal about which she presented to Nepali legislators and others in Kathmandu; representing the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in collaboration with in-house counsel to analyze and draft harmonized model legislation to address disaster response; providing perspectives to an international non-profit on U.S. law with respect to a freedom of information law that has now been enacted by the Republic of Yemen, including in consultation with Members of the Yemeni Parliament and by presenting to Parliamentarians and others in Sana'a, Yemen; and assisting an international humanitarian NGO with Intellectual Property and other legal issues for a program to solicit innovative approaches to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child mortality in Malawi and other African countries.

Ms. Schachter holds a faculty position at Weill Cornell Medical School, where she teaches Medical Ethics to second-year medical students, and had taught candidates for J.D. and L.L.M. degrees at Fordham Law School, including on Internet speech, Internet regulation, and privacy law. She is the author of three books, Law of Internet Speech, Informational and Decisional Privacy, and The Law Professor's Handbook: A Practical Guide to Teaching Law, and is now working on a book about global social investment and corporate social responsibility. Her work has also been published in medical and legal journals, books, and treatises, including on informed consent issues and pro bono service by in-house counsel, in strategic collaborations, and in globalizing pro bono practices.

Ms. Schachter is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association International Pro Bono Committee of the Section of International Law, an American Bar Association Fellow, and Liaison to the Pro Bono Standing Committee; former Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services; former Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Media Law and a former member of its President's Committee on Access to Justice; a founding member and former Chair of the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Coordinators; a former member of PILnet's Pro Bono Council Leadership Committee; and a member of the Advisory Board of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.

She received her B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, where did a dual major in Political Science and in Medical Ethics; the latter was individually-designed. She received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law where she was a Root Tilden Scholar.

Madeleine Schachter is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters In-House Counsel Pro Bono Programs - Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel: Strategies and Perspectives, Thursday, October 07, 2010
Pro Bono Teaming - Pro Bono Service by In-House Counsel: Strategies and Perspectives, Thursday, October 07, 2010
Strategic Globalization of Pro Bono Service - International Corporate Practice: A Practitioner's Guide to Global Success, Tuesday, February 21, 2017
In-House Counsel Pro Bono Programs - Corporate Legal Departments: Practicing Law in a Corporation (4th Edition), Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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