For the past decade, Williams has combined legal scholarship with social action by advising constitutional reformers around the world. She is the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law and the Director of the Center of Constitutional Democracy at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. For her lecture at WVU, Williams will draw inspiration from Baker’s work on free speech to address issues such as commercial speech regulation, hate speech, and political campaign finance regulation to create a feminine perspective.
“We are fortunate to have Susan Williams, a friend of Ed’s and a first-rate constitutional law scholar in her own right,” said WVU professor of law Anne Marie Lofaso.
Baker, who died in 2009, was the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 2011, Baker’s family donated his papers to the West Virginia University College of Law. Housed in the George R. Famer, Jr. Law Library, the C. Edwin Baker Collection is a window into the life and work of one of the 20th century’s foremost experts on constitutional law, free speech, and communication law. Portions of the collection will be on display as part of the Baker Lecture program on November 9.
“The Baker Collection is as an important reflection of the development and career of an academic scholar,” said WVU Law’s Special Collections Librarian Stewart Plein. “It is a rich resource for scholars who are interested in studying freedom of speech, the first amendment, and mass media policy.”