Madeleine Austin, J.D., Executive Director, EthicMark(r)

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Madeleine is the Executive Director of the EthicMark® Awards for advertising that uplifts the human spirit and society.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Currents in Commerce, the monthly newsletter of the World Business Academy, and frequently writes on energy, climate change, economic, and food security issues.

Madeleine’s work in the public and private sectors has given her a unique perspective on aligning diverse interests to solve pressing global challenges. As the former Vice President of the World Business Academy for five years, she was responsible for analyzing global and regional issues and trends, editing all the Academy’s publications, representing the Academy as a member of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum, and supporting and expanding the Academy’s network.  She edited the Academy’s 2007 book, Freedom from Mid-East Oil.

She previously served as the Rule of Law Liaison on an American Bar Association project in Macedonia that worked with Macedonian judges, prosecutors and lawyers to create a new legal framework for a democratic society.  She was also a Senior Deputy Attorney General in Hawaii, the Attorney General of the State of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia, counsel to the Governor of Guam, and a policy advisor to the President of the Hawaii State Senate.

She gained deep insight into the workings of the financial system while representing the largest insolvent U.S. savings and loan association in complex litigation, and later, the International Trade Association in nationwide litigation against various financial institutions.

Madeleine has managed many environmental and constitutional matters, including cases involving air quality, freedom of speech, prisoners’ rights, the conduct and transparency of legislative hearings, and the media’s access to government records.  As a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Hawaii Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Evidence, she advised state judiciaries about improving the fairness and efficiency of the justice system.

Madeleine has a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in International Relations from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Selected publications:

The Market is Lying:  Why We Must Tax Carbon, Not Subsidize It” (June 2011)

Japan’s Nuclear Kamikazes: A Morality Tale of Energy Madness” (March 2011)

The Upcoming Nuclear Peril:  Worse than the BP Oil Disaster” (June 2010)

The True Story About ‘Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming’” (Dec. 2009)

The Nuclear Nemesis Redux” (Dec. 2008)

The Nuclear Nemesis” (May/June 2008)

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