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December 10, 2009

Oregon Law Mourns Former Professor C. Edwin Baker

C. Edwin Baker, the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a former faculty member at Oregon Law, died December 9 of a heart attack. Professor Baker was 62 years old.

One of the nation’s preeminent First Amendment and media scholars, Professor Baker served on Oregon Law’s faculty from 1975-1982.

Professor Jim Mooney, who first met Professor Baker when both were Law and Humanities Fellows at Harvard in 1974-75, said that this is his “favorite” Ed Baker story: “Many years ago, sitting around the dinner table, I told my family that I’d just read a truly remarkable American Legal History exam. I said, it was in fact better than I myself could have written even knowing the questions. Son Richard, probably about 12 at the time, said, in all seriousness, ‘Was it better than Ed Baker could have written?’ I didn’t know.” Professor Mooney added, “The world has lost a very good guy and a committed, exemplary member of our profession.”

Professor Baker’s life and work have inspired numerous tributes. To view them, visit the University of Pennsylvania’s Website, Balkinization, the Daily Pennsylvanian, the Free Press, Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports, Feminist Law Professors, Discourse.net, and the First Amendment Center.

Professor Baker’s memorial service will be held in the Moot Court Room at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, in New York City, at 2:00 p.m. on January 31, 2010. Additionally, those who wish to contact Professor Baker’s family should email his sister, Nancy Baker.

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