Baker Lecture

The C. Edwin Baker Lecture for Liberty, Equality, and Democracy

The West Virginia University College of Law with the support of the C. Edwin Baker family have established a lecture to honor the legacy of the late C. Edwin Baker, the former Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The West Virginia University College of Law wishes to thank the Baker Family for their generosity and the trust that they express in their decision to endow a lecture and house the collected works of C. Edwin Baker in the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at the College of Law. We are honored to be asked to provide a home for this significant body of work preserving this legacy for current and future legal scholars.

C. Edwin Baker

C. Edwin Baker (May 28, 1947 – December 8, 2009), the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, was a leading scholar of constitutional law, communication law, and free speech. Professor Baker was considered one of the country’s foremost authorities on the First Amendment and on mass media policy. 

His most recent scholarship focused on the economics of the news business, political philosophy, and jurisprudential questions concerning the egalitarian and libertarian bases of constitutional theory. 

Professor Baker was a native of Madisonville, Kentucky. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Yale University. He was a law and humanities fellow at Harvard University in 1974, a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Barone Center in 1992, and a Radcliffe fellow there in 2006.

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