Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Jeffrey Baker, Associate professor of law and director of clinical studies at Faulkner University's Jones School of Law; director of Jones Elder Law Clinic and the Family Violence Clinic, was recently profiled in the Montogomery (AL) Advertiser. He was nominated for the award by Charles I. Nelson, dean and professor of law, Faulkner University's Jones School of Law. Dean Nelson said, "Professor Baker is making a difference in our community by taking on unpleasant issues that many would rather turn away from. He gives not only voice and attention to victims, but also hope."
Through his work, Jeffrey Baker ensures that those who are too often overlooked, and often the most in peril, get help. As director of the Jones Elder Law Clinic and the Family Violence Clinic, he oversees law students who provide free legal counsel to those in need. The Elder Law Clinic provides representation for low-income, elderly citizens whose legal needs include guardianships, wills, benefit applications, elder abuse protection and medical decision-making. Similarly, the Family Violence Clinic provides legal service to people who seek protection from domestic violence, which means Baker maintains close contact with an area abuse shelter and directs law students as they litigate pro bono on behalf of people in abusive family relationships. The clinic can obtain orders so that survivors find safety, to protect their children and establish more peaceful lives. In September, Baker organized "Freedom from Fear: A Candidates Forum on Domestic Violence" in conjunction with area task forces and the Family Sunshine Center. The forum sought to raise awareness of domestic violence crimes and to encouraged elected officials to commit attention and voice to these problems before taking office.