Jeffrey R. Baker, J.D.
Director of Clinical Education and Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Office: School of Law (SOL)
Professor Baker joins the School of Law as the Director of Clinical Education and Associate Clinical Professor of Law. He is an experienced litigator, trial lawyer and teacher. From 2006-2013, Baker was an associate professor of law and Director of Clinical Programs at Faulkner University Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama, where he was Professor of the Year in 2011-2012. At Faulkner, Professor Baker taught the Family Violence Clinic, designed and launched the Elder Law Clinic, and supervised the Externship Program. He has taught Pre-Trial Practice, Law & Literature, and Advanced Topics in Family Law. Professor Baker is a mediator, and has coached the school's national championship winning teams in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition. His scholarship addresses domestic violence and gender justice in families, including intersecting fields of moral philosophy, religion, legal history, social science, and multidisciplinary professional responses. Professor Baker speaks regularly on clinical education, professional formation, lawyering and social justice.
Professor Baker graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School before returning to practice law in his home state of Mississippi. With the firm of Watkins & Eager, he had a diverse trial and appellate practice in health care, mass tort, products liability, pharmaceutical liability, medical malpractice, insurance, toxic tort and personal injury litigation. While at Faulkner Law, he received the Montgomery Advertiser's Martin Luther King Spirit Honors Award and the Justice for Victims Award from the area domestic violence shelter. He has served as co-chair of the Montgomery County Task Force on Domestic Violence, on the Pro Bono Task Force for the Alabama State Bar, on organizing committees for the One Place Family Justice Center, on Faulkner's Institute for Faith & the Academy, and on the Interdisciplinary Practice Committee for the clinical section of the Association of American Law Schools.
At the School of Law, Professor Baker directs the program of clinical education, including clinics, externships and practicums. This year, he teaches Lawyering Process and externship workshops. In 2014, he plans to launch a new clinic to further expand and diversify the clinical offerings at Pepperdine.(Less)