Prof. John S. Baker, Jr.

Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Dr. John Baker is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School. He has recently been a Visiting Fellow at Oriel College, the University of Oxford (2012-14), He is Professor Emeritus of Law, and previously the Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law, at Louisiana State University Law School.  He has been 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 litigates in federal court, including two oral arguments 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) and as a consultant to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Task Force on Over-Criminalization (2013-14).

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Upcoming Events
International Law & Sovereignty: How Trade Agreements Affect the U.S.
Louisiana State Student Chapter
September 28, 2017
Publications and Multimedia
Warning to Corporate Counsel: If State AGs Can Do This to ExxonMobil, How Safe Is Your Company? - Podcast
Corporations, Securities, & Antitrust Practice Group Podcast
August 31, 2017
The Legacy of Justice Scalia - Event Audio/Video
2017 Annual Florida Chapters Conference
February 10, 2017
Justice Scalia on Federalism and Separation of Powers - Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 23, 2016
Governmental Power versus Free Speech? - Podcast
Practice Groups Podcast
May 16, 2016
Immigration: The Limits of Executive Authority - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
December 04, 2014
The BP Gulf Oil Spill Class Settlement: Redistributive “Justice”?
Federalist Society White Paper
November 07, 2014
Under Indictment: Governor Rick Perry - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
August 28, 2014
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
Drug Enforcement Policy - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 12, 2009
The Prosecution of Public Corruption - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
Hate Crimes: What is the Proper Federal Role? - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups and The Heritage Foundation
May 08, 2008
Immigration, Amnesty, and the Rule of Law - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007
Ambassador John R. Bolton Address on 4-26-07 - Event Audio
U.S. Security, Trade, and Development, Pt. I
April 26, 2007
Panel Discussion on Contract Rights -- Secured Transactions - Event Audio
U.S. Security, Trade, and Development, Pt. I
April 26, 2007
Panel Discussion on Property Rights - Event Audio
U.S. Security, Trade, and Development, Pt. I
April 26, 2007
ABA Accreditation Standards for Law Schools - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
FBI Search on Capitol Hill: Legal and Policy Questions - Event Audio
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group and Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group
June 19, 2006