Madeleine Kurtz joined Columbia Law School’s Social Justice Initiatives in 2011, from a career as a public interest lawyer, clinical law professor and director of law school public interest programs.
Kurtz began her career as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City. She was a clinical professor and supervising attorney in the Family Defense Clinic at NYU School of Law, and a consultant to Volunteers of Legal Services, a non-profit organization in New York City that develops and administers pro bono programs.
Prior to joining SJI, Kurtz was at Seton Hall Law School, where she was the director of public interest programs and student advising, developed pro bono projects, and administered the externship program. Prior to that, at Rutgers Law School in Newark, she was director of pro bono and public interest programs. She has served on a number of boards and advisory committees, and has participated in training programs for legal services and volunteer lawyers on subjects involving child welfare, family court, foster care, and women in prison.
Kurtz earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for exceptional interest and proficiency in advocacy in clinical offerings. Kurtz received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.