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 has also written frequently in recent years on attorneys' fees, mass tort settlements, and the congressional spending power. She is often called upon by lawyers and legislators to serve as an expert on issues of legal ethics, mass tort settlements and settlement fund allocations, 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 "Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions" (Columbia Law Review, 2015) (with Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver); "Alienability of Mass Tort Claims," (DePaul Law Review, 2014; 19th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy); "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 North American champion and won a gold medal at the 2015 European Open Championships.

Recent Publications

  • Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions, 115 Columbia Law Review 1371 (2015) (with Michael A. Perino & Charles Silver). View article
  • 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).

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Recent Activities

  • Invited Panelist

    November 13, 2015

    15th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association

    Spoke on aggregate settlements and legal ethics as a panelist on "Does Complex Litigation Complicate Ethics?" at the 15th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association, in New Orleans, LA.

  • Invited Presentation

    November 9, 2015

    Columbia Law Review

    Presented (with Michael A. Perino) "Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions" at a colloquium with Columbia Law Review editors, in New York, NY.

  • Invited Presentation

    September 10, 2015

    Kentucky Justice Association Annual Convention and Seminar

    Spoke on "Aggregate Settlements (Large and Small): The Evolving Ethical Landscape," at the Kentucky Justice Association Annual Convention and Seminar, in French Lick, IN.

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