R. Lisle Baker

R. Lisle Baker
R. Lisle Baker has been a law professor at Suffolk University Law School since 1973, where he has taught property, land use and zoning, environmental law, mediation, and law practice management. Prior to joining the Suffolk faculty, he practiced with the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, except for a leave of absence to appear on award winning public television debate series The Advocates in 1969-70 and again in 1979, where he appeared with Michael Dukakis, Ted Kennedy, and Barney Frank in debating public policy.

Baker graduated with honors from Williams College in 1964 and from Harvard Law School in 1968. Baker served as the Ward Alderman for Newton’s Ward Seven for over a quarter century (1980-84; 1989 to date), and as President of the Board of Aldermen during his last three terms (2004 to date); Prior to elective office, he was on the Economic Opportunity Staff of the Governor of Kentucky helping the state apply for federal funds to assist those in poverty.

Courses Taught:

Mediation Seminar – Suffolk University Law School

Research Interests: Mediation; Law Practice Management; Land Use; Property; Environmental Law

Select Publications:

Chapter: Common Law Environmental Protection in Massachusetts, in MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Gregor I. McGregor ed., 2006).

Using Special Assessments as a Tool for Smart Growth: Louisville’s New Metro Government as a Potential Example, 45 BRANDEIS L. J. 1 (2006).

Achieving Smarter Growth in Massachusetts: Some Ideas for Moving Forward, 22 :3 MUNICIPAL ADVOCATE 21 (2006).

Challenges of Learning InterpersonalNegotiation, 22 NEGOTIATION J. 505 (2006).

Using Insights about Perception and Judgment from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument as an Aid to Mediation, 9 HARV. NEGOT. L. REV. 115 (2004).

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