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Jeffrey R. Baker

Clinical Professor of Law
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Global Programs
Caruso School of Law


Professor Baker is a Clinical Professor of Law and Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Global Programs at Caruso School of Law. He directs the program of clinical education, including the legal clinics, externships, pro bono programs, and practicum courses, and the global programs, including the London Program, Washington DC Externship Semester, and the Augsburg Exchange Program. Professor Baker supervises and teaches the Community Justice Clinic and other courses.

In the Community Justice Clinic, Professor Baker practices with law students to provide pro bono legal services to local nonprofits, community organizations, and international nongovernmental organizations dedicated to justice, human rights, and empowerment among vulnerable and marginalized populations. The Clinic serves clients who are addressing homelessness and poverty, gender-based crimes and women's empowerment, sustainable agriculture and conservation, human trafficking,access to education and health care, and access to justice.

Professor Baker graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School before returning to Mississippi where he had a diverse trial and appellate practice in complex litigation with the firm of Watkins & Eager. 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.

Professor Baker has also led legal clinics addressing domestic violence, elder law, and disaster responses. He has extensive experience as a civil litigator, corporate counsel, advocate, and negotiator. He is also a mediator and regularly teaches and consults on negotiation and conflict resolution.

His scholarship addresses domestic violence and gender justice, human rights, social justice, and professional ethics and responsibility. . Professor Baker speaks and writes regularly on clinical education, professional formation, public interest lawyering, and social justice. He also edits the Clinical Law Prof Blog and is actively involved with the Clinical Legal Education Association and the Section on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools.

In Alabama, he received the Montgomery Advertiser's Martin Luther King Spirit Honors Award and the Justice for Victims Award from the area domestic violence shelter. There he also served in leadership and direction for nonprofits, community and professional organizations.

In California he serves on the boards of nonprofits committed to access to expanding justice, resources, and health for vulnerable communities. He is active in church and neighborhood ministries. In 2020, he received a Dolphin Award for Citizens of the Year from the Malibu Times.

He is a member of the Mississippi, Alabama and California bars.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2000
  • B.A., Harding University, 1997, magna cum laude

Forthcoming Articles


Book Reviews

Forthcoming Book Chapters

  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Christine E. Cerniglia, Davida Finger, Luz E. Herrera & JoNel Newman, Creating Blueprints for Law School Responses to Natural Disasters, in THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK OF DISASTER LAW (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).

Book Chapters


  • Jeff Baker and Tanya Cooper receive Pepperdine Cross-School Collaborative Research Program grants
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Critical Reflective Practice & Learning for Transfer, Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) New Clinicians Conference, San Francisco, May 2019.
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, The Disaster is Gone – And So Are My Volunteers: Strategies for Pro Bono Engagement During the Response and Recovery Process, ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, San Diego, May 2018 (with Pablo Almaguer of Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Michael Hofritcher of the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program, Elizabeth Hom of the State Bar of California, and Karen Korr of the San Diego Bar Association).
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Rapid Response and Triage In Times of Upheaval: Rebalancing and Innovating our Practice, Pedagogy, and Scholarship, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, IL, May 2018 (with Profs. Carrie Hagan-Gray of Indiana-McKinney, Darren Bush of Houston, Vanessa Merton of Pace, Janet Calvo of CUNY).
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, The Politics of Law School Engagement in Post-Disaster Relief Efforts, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Chicago, IL, May 2018 (with Profs. Luz Herrera of Texas A&M, Davida Finger of Loyola – New Orleans, Christine Cerniglia of Stetson, JoNel Newman of Miami).
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Strategic Negotiation Workshop, SAGE Publishing, Thousand Oaks, California, April and September 2016, March 2017.
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Access to Justice and Clinical Legal Education, Exchanging Hemispheres, Mackenzie University, Sao Paolo, Brazil, January 2017.
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Negotiation and Persuasion Workshop, with Counsel to Secure Justice, International Justice Mission and Justice Ventures International, Delhi, India, March 2016.
  • Media

  • Ipse Dixit Podcast, Ep. 577, Jeff Baker & Allison McKinney Timm on Immigration & Human Rights, hosted by Prof. Brian L. Frye, June 8, 2020 Ipse Dixit
  • Next in Nonprofits Podcast, Ep. 134, Coronavirus Relief Programs with Jeff Baker, hosted by Steve Bolan, April 22, 2020 Next in Nonprofits
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, Trust and High Expectations Improve Learning Outcomes, LegalEd Teaching Pedagogy: AALS Series on Law Teaching,  2016 YouTube
  • Jeffrey R. Baker, quoted in article, Would-Be Lawyers May Have to Give it Away, THE RECORDER, March 4, 2016.  The Recorder quotes Professor Jeff Baker about pro bono requirement at Pepperdine
  • Clinical Law Prof Blog, founding Editor-in-Chief, 2014 – present
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  • Topics

    • Civil Procedure
    • Clinical Law
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Ethics
    • Family Law
    • Human Rights
    • Mediation
    • Public Interest Law
    • Torts
    • Trial Advocacy