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Lynn A. Baker

Lynn A. Baker

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

Faculty Profile: Lynn A. Baker

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Biography

Professor Baker's wide-ranging scholarly and teaching interests include Professional Responsibility (especially the professional responsibilities of lawyers in "aggregate" litigation and group settlements), attorneys' fees, mass tort litigation, "Mega-settlements" (about which she regularly teaches an eponymous seminar), and State and Local Government Law. She is often called upon by lawyers to serve as a consultant and/or expert witness on issues of legal ethics, mass tort settlements, settlement fund allocations, and attorneys' fees.

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 "Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality" (Fordham Law Review, 2017, symposium contribution); "Aggregate Settlements and Attorney Liability" (Hofstra Law Review, 2016, symposium contribution); "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); and "Alienability of Mass Tort Claims," (DePaul Law Review, 2014; 19th Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy). 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 graduate of Yale Law School, Yale College, and Oxford University (Marshall Scholar), she was a Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1985-86 Term). 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.

Courses for Spring 2017

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Professional Activities

2017

February 10, 2017

Invited Presentation

TTLA 4th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar

Invited Presentation on "Ethical Finality in Mass Tort Settlements," TTLA 4th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar, Austin, TX.

January 7, 2017

Invited Participant

Law School Outreach Summit

Participated in the invitation-only Law School Outreach Summit, hosted by the Pound Civil Justice Institute in San Francisco, CA.

2016

December 7, 2016

Invited Paper and Presentation

Tel Aviv University Law School Law & Economics Workshop

Presented "Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality" at Tel Aviv University Law School, Tel Aviv, Israel.

November 11, 2016

Invited Panelist and Moderator

16th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association

Moderated and spoke on panel titled "Ethics, Ethics, and More Ethics" at the 16th Annual Class Action/Complex Litigation Symposium, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans, LA.

October 21, 2016

Invited Paper and Presentation

Fordham Law School Symposium

Presented "Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality" at the Symposium on "Civil Litigation Ethics at a Time of Vanishing Trials," hosted by the Stein Center for Law and Ethics and the Fordham Law Review, NY, NY.

July 16, 2016

Invited Speaker

7th International Legal Ethics Conference

Spoke on "Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality" as a panelist on "Aggregate Litigation Ethics" at the 7th International Legal Ethics Conference in New York, NY

May 25, 2016

Invited Speaker

HarrisMartin's MDL Conference

Spoke on "Ethical Finality in Mass Tort Litigation" at HarrisMartin's "MDL Conference: 'Bet-the-Company' Mass Tort Litigation" in Chicago, IL.

January 16, 2016

Published Op-Ed

Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News

"Attorney Fees Key to Fighting Wall Street Fraud" (with Charles Silver)

January 13, 2016

Published Op-Ed

Austin American-Statesman

"Commentary: Improve Market Integrity by Standardizing Attorneys' Fees" (with Charles Silver)

2015

November 13, 2015

Invited Panelist

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.

November 9, 2015

Invited Presentation

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.

September 10, 2015

Invited Presentation

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.

May 28, 2015

Invited Panelist

ABA National Conference on Professional Responsbility

Spoke on aggregate settlements and legal ethics as a panelist on "Riding the Aggregate Settlement Bronco," at the 41st Annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility, sponsored by the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, in Denver, CO.

April 1, 2015

Invited Paper and Presentation

Conference on "Lawyers as Targets: Suing, Prosecuting and Defending Lawyers"

Presented paper titled "Aggregate Settlements and Attorney Liability: The Evolving Landscape," at the Conference on "Lawyers as Targets: Suing, Prosecuting and Defending Lawyers,' at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

February 6, 2015

Invited Presentation

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.

2014

November 21, 2014

Invited Presentation

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.

April 12, 2014

Invited Presentation

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.

2013

November 8, 2013

Invited Paper and Presentation

Corporate and Securities Litigation Workshop

Presented "Private Ordering Versus Judicial Regulation of Attorneys' Fees in Securities Class Actions: An Empirical Assessment" (coauthored with Michael A. Perino & Charles Silver), at the Corporate & Securities Litigation Workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, IL.

September 28, 2013

Invited Paper and Presentation

A Conference in Honor of Richard A. Nagareda

Presented "Models of Closure in Mass Torts: A Comment on 'The Mass Tort Bankruptcy: A Pre-History'" at a conference on "The Public Life of the Private Law: The Logic and Experience of Mass Litigation; A Conference in Honor of Richard A. Nagareda," Vanderbilt Law School, Nashville, TN.

August 29, 2013

Invited Paper and Presentation

University of Texas Law School Faculty Colloquium

Presented "Setting Attorneys' Fees in Securities Class Actions: An Empirical Assessment" (with Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver) at the University of Texas Law School Faculty Colloquium, Austin, TX.

May 30, 2013

Invited Presentation

ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibiilty

Panelist on "Mass Torts as Quasi-Class Actions: The Role of Judicial Oversight," ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, San Antonio, TX.

April 19, 2013

Invited Paper and Presentation

Clifford Symposium

Presented "Alienability of Mass Tort Claims" at the Clifford Symposium on "Brave New World: The Changing Face of Litigation and Law Firm Finance," DePaul Law School, Chicago, IL.

April 12, 2013

Invited Paper and Presentation

Symposium of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy

Presented "Setting Attorneys' Fees in Securities Class Actions: An Empirical Assessment" (with Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver) at the 19th Annual Symposium of the Institute for Law and Economic Policy, "The Economics of Aggregate Litigation," Naples, FL.

April 10, 2013

Invited Presentation

Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference

Spoke on "The Business of Law" at the Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, NV.

2007

June 8, 2007

Invited Presentation

Hot Topics In Pharmaceutical Litigation Conference

Spoke on "Group Settlements in the New Era: Ethical and Liability Issues," at the "Hot Topics In Pharmaceutical Litigation" conference in Miami, Florida.

April 24, 2007

Paper Presentation

University of Texas Law School Drawing Board Lunch

Presented (with Dan Rodriguez) a work-in-progress titled "Comparative Domestic Constitutional Law: Federalism and Localism as a Case Study," at a Drawing Board Lunch at the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX.

March 30, 2007

Invited Presentation

Mass Torts Made Perfect Symposium

Spoke on "Group Settlements in the New Era: Ethical and Liability Issues," at the Mass Torts Made Perfect symposium in Las Vegas, NV.

March 29, 2007

Paper Presentation

Legal Theory Colloquium

Presented a paper entitled "Solving the Problem of the Modern Spending Power," at the Legal Theory Colloquium at the University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, CA.

March 22, 2007

Invited Presentation

Review of Litigation Symposium

Presented remarks on "Do the Ethics Rules Governing Group Litigation Disadvantage Plaintiffs?," at the Review of Litigation Symposium on "Products Liability: Litigation Trends on the 10th Anniversary of the Third Restatement," at the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX.