Professor of Legal Writing

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 370-J
  • Phone: 617-573-8136
  • Fax: 617-305-3091
  • Email: jbaker@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • JD, Boston College

Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • Federal District of MA
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

    Teaching

  • Legal Practice Skills
  • Advanced Legal Writing and Drafting
  • Coach
  • National Moot Court Team

Biography

Professor Baker graduated from MIT and Boston College Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Boston College Law Review. After clerking for the Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock in the U.S. District Court, Professor Baker spent approximately five years as a public defender, representing adult and juvenile clients in the Boston-area trial courts. Professor Baker then spent three and one-half years as a litigation associate at the law firm of Rubin and Rudman in Boston. She has been teaching Legal Practice Skills and Advanced Legal Writing at Suffolk University Law School since August of 2001, and she also teaches in the University's undergraduate Paralegal Studies Program. In addition to her teaching, Professor Baker is the Coach of the National Moot Court Team and a member of the Suffolk Public Interest Law Group Summer Fellowship Committee.

Professional Activities

Co-editor, The Second Draft; Monthly Columnist, Masschusetts Lawyer's Weekly; Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Juvenile Bar Advocate; Faculty MCLE Advanced Trial Tactics Seminar, July 2004; Speaker, CALS 6th Annual Juvenile Justice Conference, May 2004; Speaker, CALS Seminar, 23 Difficult District Court Issues, April 2004; Member, American Bar Association; Member, Legal Writing Institute; Member, New England Legal Writing Consortium.


Publications

Book Chapters

Arizona v. Hicks; Schmerber v. California, in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES (Paul Finkelman ed., 2006)


Articles

And the Winner Is: How Principles of Cognitive Science Resolve the Plain Language Debate, 80 UMKC L. REV. 287 (2011)

Write On!, MASS. L. WKLY. (2007) (May 2007-present, co-authored with Lisa Healy)

Teaching Difficult Concepts: Teaching Students to Write Specific, Detailed Analogies, 20 THE SECOND DRAFT 11 (2005)

The Admissibility of Mental State Observations Obtained During Unlawful Custodial Interrogation - Drawing the Line on the Real or Physical Evidence Distinction, 30 B.C. L. REV. 1029 (1989)