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Lynn A. Baker

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


  • 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, state and local government law, and federalism.

Professor Baker is the co-author of a leading law school text, Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2010) (with Clayton P. Gillette), and the author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters, including "Facts About Fees: Lessons for Legal Ethics" (Texas Law Review, 2002); "I Cut, You Choose: The Role of Plaintiffs' Counsel in Allocating Settlement Proceeds" (Virginia Law Review, 1998) (with Charles Silver); "Conditional Federal Spending After Lopez" (Columbia Law Review, 1995); and "Federalism and the Double Standard of Judicial Review" (Duke Law Journal, 2001) (with Ernest A. Young).

A fourteen-time national champion in tournament bridge, Professor Baker won a silver medal at the 2009 World Bridge Championships (Venice Cup) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Recent Publications

  • Alienability of Mass Tort Claims, 63 DePaul Law Review 265 (2014).
  • Models of Closure in Mass Torts: A Comment on “The Mass Tort Bankruptcy: A Pre-History [Symposium: The Public Life of Private Law: A Volume in Honor of Richard Nagareda], 5 Journal of Tort Law 85 (2012).
  • The Spending Power After NFIB v. Sebelius, 37 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 71 (2013).

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Recent Activities

  • Speaking Engagement

    June 8, 2007

    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 on June 8, 2007 in Miami, Florida.

  • Paper Presentation

    April 24, 2007

    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, Texas, on April 24, 2007.

  • Speaking Engagement

    March 30, 2007

    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, Nevada on March 30, 2007.

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Contact Information

Lynn A. Baker

Work (512) 232-1325

Fax (512) 232-6011

Office: TNH 3.108D
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Sylvia R. Ramirez
(512) 471-3352

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