Madeleine Schachter

Madeleine Schachter’s art traverses a journey to lightness, comprised of subtle palettes imbued with glints of gilded tones. Each piece implies movement, infused with buoyancy and sensation that defies pragmatism and precision, and uses tilt and tinge to evoke a sense of hope. Suggestive abstraction endows the viewer with prospect and possibility, entrusting that implication will arouse contemplation to enable unique flights into self-reflection and sentiment.

She works in mixed media, including pastels, watercolors, acrylics, metal leaf, and glass crystals, and she employs unusual materials, such as mascara.

She is the author of Creativity Connections: Wellness Through Artistic Expression, which explains how to use art to empower oneself and others; the book is now in its second edition.

Ms. Schachter uses art to empower and engage children in transitional housing, survivors of domestic violence, refugees, and children with autism spectrum disorders. She has led workshops for Syrian refugee children and trained those who work with them in Beqaa and Mount Lebanon, Lebanon. She has also led similar programs for villagers in South Sudan, adult and pediatric patients in palliative care in Romania, inpatients at New York Presbyterian Hospital, inmates at the Rikers Correctional Facility, and Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and Ukrainian internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

She has exhibited her work in museums, galleries, and other exhibitions in Austria, China, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her sold and commissioned works are in many private collections.

In addition to her work as an artist, Ms. Schachter is Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she teaches Medical Ethics and Advanced Clinical Ethics to medical students. She also serves on an Institutional Review Board, where she reviews biomedical research on human subjects relating to cancer. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of New York Presbyterian Hospital. In addition, she teaches Bioethics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, from which she has 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, in 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.

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 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 Trustees of Children of Heroes, which provides emergency relief, legal aid, and psychosocial therapy to children bereaved by loss of one or both parents due to war in Ukraine; the Board of Trustees of Children’s Aid, which provides comprehensive support to children, youth, and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods; and the Board of Trustees of Hospices of Hope, which supports adult and pediatric patients suffering from terminal or life-limiting illness with specialist palliative care in Ukraine, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Moldova, and Greece. Previously, she chaired the New York Presbyterian WCM Patients and Family Advisory Council; currently, she is a member of the Patients and Family Advisory Council for Quality at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Concern Worldwide, an international NGO that works to eradicate poverty in the world’s poorest countries; and on 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 has traveled to Aruba, the Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, France, French Polynesia , Germany , Ghana, Greece , Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Wales, and Yemen.

Ms. Schachter 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.


Fortitude and Fantasy

Materials: acrylics, metal leaf, glitter, and mascara on canvas

Dimensions: 39” x 29”

Dimensions With Frame: 42.50” x 32"