Barbara A. Schatz

Clinical Professor of Law

Office: 830 Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-3867
Fax: (212) 854-3554

Assistant Info

Name: Clinic Staff
Phone: (212) 854-4291
Areas of Expertise
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Microenterprise
  • Community development
  • Clinical teaching


  • B.A., Pennsylvania, 1969
  • J.D., Harvard, 1973.

Detailed Biography

After three years of private practice with a New York firm, became executive director of the Council of New York Law Associates (now the Lawyers Alliance for New York). As director, administered pro bono program for 1,800 lawyers; founded the Community Development Legal Assistance Center; and co-founded the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) and Court Appointed Special Advocates, a program of advocacy for children in foster care. Represented nonprofits, particularly developers of low-income and special needs housing, in corporate, tax, and real estate matters. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1985; has taught the Mediation Clinic, the Community Development Clinic, and the Clinical Seminar in Law and the Arts. Currently teaches the Community Enterprise Clinic and the Community Development Law Externship.   Serves as chair of PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law and serves on the boards and executive committee of Human Rights First and Trickle Up. Principal areas of interest include nonprofit organizations, social enterprise, community development, and clinical teaching (including the introduction of clinical methodology to countries in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and China).