Cynthia A. Baker

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Program on Law and State Government


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, Room 111L
530 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3225

Phone: (317) 278-2357
Fax: (317) 278-4785
E-Mail: cabaker@iupui.edu


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Education

B.A., 1988, Valparaiso University
J.D. (magna cum laude), 1991, Valparaiso University School of Law

Courses

Program on law and state government course and externship placements, state and local government law, legal aspects of government finance, higher education law.

Bio

Cynthia Baker joined the law school in 1997 as the founding Director of the Program on Law and State Government (PLSG). Under her leadership, the PLSG has substantially expanded experiential learning opportunities for students interested in the confluence of law and state government. Her primary professional responsibilities include serving as faculty advisor to the PLSG fellows and teaching the PLSG Externship Course, State and Local Government Law, and Legal Aspects of Government Finance. With the help of a grant from the United States Department of Education, she established the state's first interdisciplinary public policy mediation course for judges, community leaders, lawyers, and law students.

Baker currently serves as an officer of the State and Local Government Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools and on the Government Affairs Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association. In the recent past, Baker has served as the faculty member appointment to Indiana's Commission for Higher Education, as a co-chair of the State Administrative Law Committee of the ABA's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, and several appointments as a member of Indiana's Code Revision Committee.

Before joining the law school, Baker was a Section Chief of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's (IDEM's) Office of Legal Counsel and also served as legal counsel to IDEM's Office of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management. Prior to her work at IDEM, she was a judicial clerk to the Hon. Robert D. Rucker of the Indiana Court of Appeals, now an Associate Justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. She earned her J.D. from Valparaiso School of Law where she served as a note editor and contributing author of the Valparaiso Law Review and graduated magna cum laude.

Baker's academic interests include public education law, regionalism, mediation as a public policy tool, and government finance.

Publications

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Books and Chapters

  • "The Idea of Higher Education," co-editor and chapter author for the forthcoming book, "Town & Gown: Effective Legal Strategies Promoting Collaboration between Institutions of Higher Education and Their Host Municipalities" (work in process, to be published by the American Bar Association).
  • "State Governance of Publicly Funded Higher Education," focus of research and writing semester, Spring 2011, on-going.

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • "Under Pressure: Rethinking Externships in a Bleak Economy," 17 Clin. L. Rev. 71, co-authored with Robert Lancaster (Fall 2010).
  • "What Do We Expect?: An Introduction to the Law, Money and Results of State Educational Systems," 42 Ind. L. Rev. 317 (2009).
  • "Bottom Lines and Waist Lines: State Governments Weigh in on Wellness," 5 Ind. Health L. Rev. 185 (2008).
  • "Introduction: Megaphones and Duct Tape: Legal Tools for Religious Expression in the Public Sphere," 40 Ind. L. Rev. 491 (2007).
  • "State Lobbying Reform: Indiana’s New Executive Branch Lobbying," Ed Schoenbaum ed. of News from the States, 31 Admin. & Reg. L. News 20 (Summer 2006).
  • "Student Administrative Law Judges: New Dimensions in Education and Efficiency," co-authored with James Davis, Admin. & Reg. L. News 20 (Summer 2006).
  • "Introduction: The Role of Law, Lawmakers, and Citizens in Establishing Public Trust," 39 Ind. L. Rev. 483 (2006).
  • "Introduction: Evaluating State Government Designs of Executive Branch Adjudication," 38 Ind. L. Rev. 385 (2005).

Other Publications

  • "Joint Degree Student Handbook," introduction and excerpts co-authored with Heather McCabe concerning obtaining J.D. and Master of Public Administration joint degree.

Electronic Publications/Products

  • "Reflections on an Autopsy," Association of American Law Schools New Law Professors Section Annual Newsletter (December 2009).

Presentations

  • "So That's How it Works: Perspectives on the Criminal Law/Civil Law Divide in Family Law and Juvenile Delinquency Matters," author and presenter, Indiana State Bar Association Law School for Legislators, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 9, 2012).
  • Panelist, Speedway Exchange Club Candidate Form, Speedway High School (October 22, 2012).
  • "What’s Politics Got to Do with It?" co-presenter with Joel Schumm at Externship 6: Preparing Lawyers, Harvard Law School, Boston Massachusetts (March 3, 2012).
  • "An Objective Discussion on Public Sector Pension Plans," Panelist, sponsored by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, co-sponsored by Section on State and Local Government Law, Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2012).
  • "Let’s Put it in Perspective," co-author and co-presenter with John Trimble, Indiana State Bar Association Law School for Legislators, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 21, 2011).
  • "Faculty Engagement Toward Student Learning Outcomes," conference host and presenter, Faculty Leadership Conference sponsored by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (April 29, 2011).
  • "Focusing on Student Learning Outcomes in Indiana," welcome and introductory remarks, Indiana Commission on Higher Education Faculty Conference on SLOs, Indiana History Center, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 25, 2011).
  • "Public Entrepreneurship in State Government," conference faculty host, Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 1, 2010).
  • "Faculty Response and Responsibilities in Tough Economic Times," conference host and presenter, Faculty Leadership Conference, sponsored by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indianapolis, Indiana (April 23, 2010).
  • "Creating Connections, Advancing Excellence, Envisioning the Future," to law school’s Board of Visitors and Alumni Board Summit Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (April 16, 2010).
  • "Under Pressure: Rethinking the Role of Externships in a Bleak Economy," co-presenter with Robert Lancaster at Externships 5: Responding to Changing Times, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida (March 5, 2010).
  • "ICHE, the Law, and Me," annual meeting of the Indiana Conference of the American Association of University Professors, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 2009).
  • "Big Objectives and Fine Print of Energy Policy," Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 2, 2009).
  • Moderator, "The Counsel of Chiefs: An Open Discussion of State Supreme Court Chief Justices and the Challenges of State Courts of Last Resort," sponsored by the American Constitution Society Indianapolis, Indiana (September 9, 2009).
  • Presented Remarks, "Reflections and Celebration in Honor of Judge Larry J. McKinney," co-sponsored by the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association at the U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis, Indiana (September 2, 2009).
  • Moderator, "Code Enforcement in Marion County," sponsored by the Government Practice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 6, 2008).
  • Panelist, "Economic Crisis and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008," sponsored by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 23, 2008).
  • "What Do We Expect?: An Introduction to the Law, Money, and Results of State Educational Systems," Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 3, 2008).
  • Panelist, "Indiana Administrative Law Update: Pointers, Pitfalls & Predictions," sponsored by the Government Practice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (September 30, 2008).
  • Chair and Moderator, "Change and Challenge: State and Local Government Response to Indiana’s New Property Tax Laws," sponsored by the Government Practice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 6, 2008).
  • "Bottom Lines and Waist Lines: Why Governments Should Weigh In on Wellness," Capital University Law School Faculty Development Lecture Series, Columbus, Ohio (February 22, 2008).
  • "Hamilton County’s Governments, Political Structure, and You!" Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Hamilton County Judicial Center, Noblesville, Indiana (November 8, 2007).
  • "The Legal and Political Landscape of Wellness," Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 5, 2007).
  • Co-Chair, "It’s a Wrap: Review of the 2007 Session of the Indiana General Assembly," Government Practice Session of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 11, 2007).
  • "Legal Contours of Religious Expression in the Public Sphere," Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana (September 29, 2006
  • "Democracy, Design, and Budget Dynamics of Local Governments," Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Hamilton County Courthouse, Noblesville, Indiana (May 11, 2006).
  • Moderator, "Tales of TIF, Trails, and Tax Breaks," Government Practice Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 22, 2006).
  • "Legal Anatomy of a State Museum: Fundamentals of Law, Lawyering and Governance Explored," UCLA University of London Sixth International Clinical Conference, Lake Arrowhead, California (October 28, 2005).
  • Moderator, "Integrity in Public Service: Living up to the Public Trust?" Program on Law and State Government Fellowship Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana (September 29, 2005).
  • Panelist, "Legislative and Lawyering Responses to Apology in Problem Solving Advocacy," National Employment Lawyers Association – Indiana Affiliate, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 9, 2005).
  • "Converging Lessons of Design and the Program on Law and State Government," Faculty Colloquium Series, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 23, 2005).
  • Keynote Address, "Unigov in Context: Metropolitan Governments’ Responses in History and Law," Unigov at 35 Workshop sponsored by the Office of the Mayor of the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney, Indianapolis, Indiana (February 10, 2005).
  • "Government Design and You: Defining the Struggle Between Individual Interests and Collective Power," Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Hamilton County Courthouse, Noblesville, Indiana (November 10, 2004).
  • Panelist, "A Brief History of Indiana’s Public Records Law: From King to Counter Terrorism," also moderated subsequent panel discussion sponsored by the Spirit and Place Festival and the Indiana Coalition for Open Government, "Public Memory, Public Records: Empowering Citizen Access," Indianapolis, Indiana (November 13, 2003).
  • "Capital City Law Schools: Creating Connections Between Legislatures and Law Students," at the National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (July 25, 1999).
  • "Defining the Government Lawyer’s Client: Loyalty to Whom?" Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 11, 1999).
  • Moderator, "Indiana’s Property Tax Structure: What We Are Doing with the “Sargasso Sea” of ipse dixits?" Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Breakfast CLE Program, Indianapolis, Indiana (March 3, 1999).
  • "The Great Lakes Initiative and the Question of Federalism," ABA Section Meeting of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (July 17, 1998).
  • "The State Role in Environmental Law and Base Cleanup," Conference of Global Green U.S.A., Indiana Government Conference Center, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 21, 1997).
  • "Managing the Access to Public Records Act and Indiana’s Open Door Law," Annual Meeting of the Managers of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Indiana War Memorial, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 12, 1995).

Other Activities

  • Member, Christ College National Council, Valparaiso University
  • Chair, Legal Affairs Subcommittee, Noblesville Midland Trace Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association - Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, Section of State and Local Government Law, Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association - Law School for Legislators Task Force, Governmental Practice Section, and Professional Legal Education, Admissions and Development Section.
  • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, Steering Comittee Member, Educaitonal Advocacy for Foster Care Children and Pro Bono Advocate and Law School Liaison, Educational Advocacy Pro Bono Project.
  • Member, Association for American Law Schools - Sections on State and Local Government and Clinical Legal Education.
  • Director, Program on Law and State Government
  • Advisor, Program on Law and State Government Externship Placements
  • Advisor, Program on Law and State Government Fellowship
  • Faculty Advisor, Dean's Tutorial Society
  • Faculty Advisor, JD/MPA Program