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Prof. John S. Baker, Jr.

Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center and Professor Emeritus, LSU Law School

Dr. John Baker is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law Center and Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, the University of Oxford. He is Professor Emeritus of Law, and previously the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, at Louisiana State University Law School.  He was a Distinguished Scholar at the Catholic University of America Law School (2011-12). He has also taught at Tulane Law School, George Mason Law School, Pepperdine Law School, New York Law School, Hong Kong University, and the University of  Dallas, School of Management   He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Lyon III (France) (1999-2011) and at the Universidad de los Andes, Chile, where he was a Fulbright Specialist in 2012. He has lectured at universities and research institutes in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where he was a Fulbright Fellow (2006).  

Professor Baker received his J.D., with honors, from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Dallas. He also earned a Ph.D. in Political Thought from the University of London.  

Baker has taught over a dozen different subjects, mostly in the area of public law. His main areas of interest are Constitutional Law (particularly federalism and separation of powers), Criminal Law, Anti-Terrorism Law, International Law, Health Care Law, Mediation, and Comparative Law.  

In addition to law review articles and book chapters, Dr. Baker’s academic publications include: Hall's Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (with Benson, Force and George; 5th ed. Michie, 1993); An Introduction to the Law of the United States (ed. with Levasseur; University Press of America, 1992). He has also published a number of times in The Wall St. Journal.

He regularly argues in federal court, including twice in the U.S. Supreme Court. He teaches courses for the Federalist Society on separation of powers with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Following law school, he served as a law clerk in federal district court and as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans before joining LSU in 1975.  While a professor, he has been as a consultant to USAID, USIA (now part of the State Department), the Justice Department, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Separation of Powers, and the Office of Planning in the White House.  He served on an ABA Task Force which issued the report, The Federalization of Crime (1998). He currently is a consultant to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime.

Dr. Baker was a co-founder of Stratfor Inc., a global intelligence agency. He co-authored its first book: The Intelligence Edge (with Friedman, Friedman and Chapman; Crown Books/Random House 1997).


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Publications and Multimedia
Competitive versus Cooperative Federalism - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
The “Mens Rea” Component Within the Issue of the Over-Federalization of Crime
Engage Volume 14, Issue 2 July 2013
November 05, 2013
The Electoral College vs. The National Popular Vote Plan - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Mens Rea and State Crimes
White Paper
September 04, 2012
Critique of a Proposal to Allow State Bankruptcy
Engage Volume 12, Issue 2, September 2011
September 12, 2011
The Government’s Duty to Defend the Law in Court - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
October 29, 2010
Honest Services Cases (Skilling, Black & Weyrauch) - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group
June 28, 2010
Hate Crimes: What is the Proper Federal Role? - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups
May 08, 2008
Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007