Concurring Opinions: "He was as fine a teacher as he was a scholar."
First Amendment Center: "Ed was a modern-day gadfly, albeit one who wore wide-rimmed glasses that allowed him to see things that many of the rest of us could not."
Legal Theory: "Ed was a significant contributor to fundamental debates in constitutional theory for decades."
Balkinization: "The finest media law scholar of his generation."
Balkinization (2): "I’ve never seen the influence of the 'marketplace of ideas' on the Supreme Court documented or criticized as thoroughly as Baker does it."
Feminist Law Professors: "He was brilliant, funny, kind and fiercely invested in building a more just world."
Daily Pennsylvanian: "He loved the underdog.”
C. Edwin Baker, the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a leading scholar in the fields of constitutional law, communications law and free speech, died suddenly on Dec. 8 in New York City, where he had lived the past 20 years. He was 62. He collapsed while exercising and could not be revived.
Professor Baker was considered one of the country’s foremost authorities on the First Amendment and on mass media policy. Most recently, he focused his work on the economics of the news business, political philosophy, and jurisprudential questions concerning the egalitarian and libertarian bases of constitutional theory.