Jeanne Baker

Jeanne Baker
Jeanne Baker

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Government / Politics, Law

Notable Facts

Served as Legal Counsel to Governor Madeleine Kunin. Served as the President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida Board of Directors.

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Primary Residence




Historical Significance

Baker was born in New York City and attended Oberlin College, the University of Iowa (MS in Psychology) and Northeastern University (Law Degree). She had a private law practice in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Vermont. In Boston, she was one of the first lawyers to initiate a class-action suit on behalf of women harmed by DES, or diethylstilbesteorl, a drug used from the 1940's to the 1960's to prevent miscarriage and later found to cause cancer.

Baker was appointed as Governor Madeleine Kunin's Legal Counsel in November 1986, where she served as the Governor's chief advisor on constitutional questions and reviewed bills before the Governor signed them into law. While living in Massachusetts and Vermont, Baker served on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Boards of both states. In 1990 Baker moved to Florida with her family. Her husband, Dr. Walter G. Bradley, became head of the neurology department at the University Of Miami School Of Medicine and Baker set up a private practice, where she specializes in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. Baker became a board member of the ACLU in Florida and served as President of the Board. She has also served as Florida's representative to the National ACLU Board. In 2007, she received national media attention for representing Adham Amin Hassoun, who was on trial for "allegedly being part of a North American support cell providing money, equipment and recruits for Islamic extremists, including al-Qaida."

Organizations or Movements

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Criminal Justice Council.


  • Lawyer
  • Legal Counsel for Governor Madeleine Kunin
  • Board of Directors, President, American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.


  • Oberlin College
  • MS in Psychology, University of Iowa
  • Law Degree, Northeastern University

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Cheng, Barbara. Trailblazers: Vermont Women and Leadership Development. Burlington, Vermont: Queen City Printers, 1988.

  • Padilla co-defendant seeks mistrial over jury sighting Link

  • Liley, Betsey. Baker to Leave Post as Kunin's Counsel. Burlington Free Press 11Sep1990: B1.