Robert S. Baker
Bob has dedicated his career to working for the poor and underprivileged people of southern West Virginia. For over thirty years, Bob worked tirelessly as an attorney at Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, Appalachian Legal Services, and Legal Aid of West Virginia, including a period as Director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund. Bob worked extensively representing low income residents of West Virginia in employment matters, landlord-tenant disputes, civil rights cases, Social Security matters, and consumer issues until his retirement in 2010. In addition to his role as “of counsel” to Baker & Brown, Bob is currently the Chair of the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission, which was founded by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.
In addition to his work in legal services, Bob has served as a member of the West Virginia State Bar’s Committee on Legal Services for the Poor since 1982, the West Virginia State Bar Commission on Children and the Law since 1994, and the City of Beckley Human Rights Commission since 2003. Bob has served on the Boards of the Beckley YMCA, the Friends of West Virginia Public Radio, the West Virginia Legal Services Plan, and other local organizations.
After growing up in California and Ohio, Bob graduated from Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio in 1968 with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics. Bob served in the Peace Corps in Segbwema, Sierra Leone from 1968 until 1971 before attending law school at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California, where he graduated with highest honors in 1976. Bob also earned his M.B.A. from West Virginia Graduate College, which is now part of Marshall University, in 1995.
In addition to his work with Baker & Brown and the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission, Bob continues to enjoy traveling and volunteering in local organizations in his retirement.
Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D., 1976
- Graduated with highest honors
- Student Clerk, California Supreme Court
West Virginia Graduate College (now part of Marshall University), M.B.A., 1995
Oberlin College, Economics major/Mathematics minor, 1968
- West Virginia, 1977
- California, 1976
- United States Supreme Court, 1979
- West Virginia State Bar
- Chair, West Virginia Access to Justice Commission
- City of Beckley Human Rights Commission