Serving West Virginia

Robert S. Baker

Bob's Head ShotBob 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

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1977
  • California, 1976
  • United States Supreme Court, 1979

Professional Affiliations

  • West Virginia State Bar
  • Chair, West Virginia Access to Justice Commission
  • City of Beckley Human Rights Commission