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Janice Baker

Title: Assistant Director of Legal Writing
School of Law
E-mail: bakerjm3@law.sc.edu
Phone: 803-777-7737
Office:

1525 Senate Street
Room 213
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources:

CV [pdf]

Janice Baker

Background

Jan Baker serves as an Assistant Director of Legal Writing, focusing on the upper level writing curriculum. Baker’s courses include Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I and II, Writing in Law Practice, Consumer Bankruptcy Drafting, and Advanced Legal Writing: Online Civil Litigation Drafting. She also teaches an undergraduate course, Tell Me a Story: Storytelling and Argumentation Ethics in Legal Advocacy, in the South Carolina Honors College.

Baker began her legal career as a Law Clerk to The Honorable George L. Proctor, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida. Before joining the Law School faculty, Baker was in private practice with King & Dalrymple, P.A., dedicating her practice to representing consumers and small businesses in personal and corporate bankruptcy cases. Baker is a co-author of The South Carolina Bankruptcy Practice Manual. On the lighter side, Baker also co-authored two coloring books for The South Carolina Bar Association, one addressing the role of lawyers in society and another addressing the sensitive issue of divorce.

Baker is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Georgia Bar (inactive). She is an author, a frequent lecturer and a frequent moderator at seminars focusing on Legal Writing, Legal Citation, and Bankruptcy Practice.

Education

  • J.D. (1994) University of South Carolina School of Law
  • B.A. (1991) Winthrop University

Teaching

  • Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing I and II (LAWS 533 & 534)
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Drafting Workshop (LAWS 749)
  • Writing in Law Practice (LAWS 808)
  • Advanced Legal Writing-Online Civil Litigation Drafting (LAWS 543)
  • Tell Me a Story: Storytelling and Argumentation Ethics in Legal Advocacy (South Carolina Honors College) (SCHC 381)