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Katharine K. Baker

University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Law, and Associate Dean for Administration and Strategic Initiatives

Katharine Baker is a Distinguished Professor of Law. She is an expert in Family Law, particularly the modern law of marriage and parenthood, and she has written extensively on sexual violence and misconduct, especially in the lives of young adults.  Her work focuses on the intersection of women's intimate lives and the law. Her articles have been published in numerous journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and the University of Chicago Law Review.  She is also the author of Family Law: The Essentials (with Katharine B. Silbaugh) and various book chapters.  She helped spearhead numerous amicus contributions in the years-long legal battle against the Defense of Marriage Act and is currently active in law reform efforts pertaining to same sex parenting and sexual misconduct on college campuses.  She is a multiple award-winning teacher, having taught Contracts, Property, Family Law, Evidence, Gender and the Law, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Environmental Law, and numerous seminars on feminism.  She has also developed and taught several novel experiential courses, designed to prepare law students with non-doctrinal skills they need to be successful professionals.  From 2001-2010 she was Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Chicago-Kent.  Prior to joining the IIT-Chicago-Kent faculty, Professor Baker was an attorney for the Department of Justice and a law clerk to the Honorable Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.