Lynn A. Baker

  • Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law;
  • Co-Director - Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media

Education

  • JD Yale
  • BA Oxford
  • BA Yale

One of the nation's leading scholars on issues of professional responsibility in group litigation, Professor Baker is also a leading academic defender of federalism and the rights of states. She is frequently called upon by lawyers and legislators to serve as an expert on issues of legal ethics, attorneys' fees, and state and local government law.

Professor Baker is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters, which have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Texas Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among many others. Her most recent publications include "Alienability of Mass Tort Claims" (DePaul Law Review, 2014; Clifford Symposium); "The Spending Power After NFIB v. Sebelius," (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 2013; Federalist Society Symposium); and "Setting Attorneys' Fees in Securities Class Actions: An Empirical Assessment," (Vanderbilt Law Review, 2013; Symposium of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy)(with Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver). Professor Baker is also the co-author of a leading law school text, Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 5th ed. 2015) (with Clayton P. Gillette and David Schleicher).

A world champion in tournament bridge, Professor Baker won a gold medal at the 2014 World Bridge Championships (McConnell Cup) in Sanya, China, and a silver medal at the 2009 World Bridge Championships (Venice Cup) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is also a sixteen-time national champion.

Recent Publications

  • Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press, 5th ed. 2015) (with Clayton P. Gillette & David Schleicher) (also 4th ed. 2010; 3rd ed. 2004 – both New York: Foundation Press; 2nd ed. 1999, Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Law & Business – all with Clayton P. Gillette).
  • Teacher's Manual for Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (New York: Foundation Press, 5th ed. 2015) (with Clayton P. Gillette & David Schleicher) (also 4th ed. 2010; 3rd ed. 2006 – both New York: Foundation Press; 2nd ed. 1999, Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Law & Business – all with Clayton P. Gillette).
  • Alienability of Mass Tort Claims [Clifford Symposium: Brave New World: The Changing Face of Litigation and Law Firm Finance], 63 DePaul Law Review 265 (2014).

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Recent Activities

  • Invited Presentation

    February 6, 2015

    Conference on "The Rehnquist Court: Ten Years Later"

    Spoke on "Federalism" as part of the Conference on "The Rehnquist Court: Ten Years Later," presented by the William H. Rehnquist Center on Constitutional Structures of Government, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ.

  • Invited Presentation

    November 21, 2014

    Louisiana State Bar Symposium

    Spoke on "Ethics, Aggregate Settlements, and Exit Strategies" at the 14th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium, sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, in New Orleans, LA.

  • Invited Presentation

    April 12, 2014

    University of Texas Law School Annual Reunion

    Spoke on "Recent Developments in Legal Ethics," at the University of Texas Law School Annual Reunion, Austin, TX.

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