Hi! Did you know your browser is outdated? For a more robust web experience we recommend using Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Opera.
Two Students Receive California Bar Foundation Diversity ScholarshipsStory
Alyssa Bussey
Third-Year Student Externs with California Supreme Court Chief JusticeStory
Clay Logo Thumbnai
Four Alumni Honored as CA Attorneys of the YearStory
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. Named President of the University of San FranciscoStory
Doris Cheng Story
Doris Cheng ’98 Named Director of Intensive Advocacy ProgramStory
Civil Rights News Thumb
Dean Trasviña Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights ActStory
Scalia Podium
Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner Speak at USFStory
1Dollar Jacket
Faculty Book Offers Glimpse into Lives of the World’s PoorestStory

Shalanda H. Baker

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Shalanda H. Baker teaches corporate law and courses in international development and international economic law. Her research explores issues at the intersection of large energy and infrastructure project development; indigenous rights; and the environment. She served as an Air Force officer prior to her honorable discharge under the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, and became a vocal advocate for repeal of the policy. Following her graduation from law school, Baker clerked for Justice Roderick Ireland of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She also worked as a corporate and project finance associate for Bingham McCutchen LLP, initially in Boston and later in Japan. Baker recently completed a William H. Hastie Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she received her LLM degree.

  • JD, Northeastern University
  • LLM, University of Wisconsin
        Law Review and Journal Articles
        • "Is Fracking the Next Financial Crisis? A Development Lens for Understanding Systemic Risk and Governance," Temple Law Review (forthcoming). SSRN
        • "Project Finance and Sustainable Development in the Global South," Cambridge University Press (2014). SSRN
        • "Through the Looking Glass: The Global Financial Crisis, Global Energy Development, and the Cure for Systemic Risk," (forthcoming).
        • "Why the IFC's Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Policy Doesn't Matter (Yet) to Indigenous Communities Affected by Development Projects," Wisconsin International Law Journal (forthcoming). SSRN
        • "Unmasking Project Finance: Risk Mitigation, Risk Inducement, and an Invitation to Development Disaster?" 6 Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law 273 (2011). SSRN
        • "Telling: Living with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," 57 Journal of Legal Education 187 (2007).
        Book Contributions
          Opinion Pieces and Blog Posts
            Other Publications
                Court Citation of Research
                  • Presenter, "Development Finance and Sustainability:  At Odds?" International Finance, Human Rights, and the Environment, Florida A&M University College of Law, "Empowering Environmental Justice Communities Locally and Globally," Orlando, Fla. (November 2013).
                  • Presenter, "Is Fracking the New Financial Crisis?" Lat Crit 2013 Biennial Conference "Resistance Rising: Theorizing and Building Cross-Sector Movements," Chicago, IL (October 2013).
                  • Presenter, "Shifting International Economic Law Paradigms:  El Salvador at the Brink," Cross-Border Regionalism and the Public-Private Divide "The Legal Challenges of Globalization:  A View from the Heartland," St. Louis, MO (October 2013). (Washington University School of Law)
                  • Presenter, "Is Fracking the New Financial Crisis? Exploring Hybridity and Risk in Energy Development," University of Minnesota Consortium on Law and Values, "Legal Policy & Pathways for Energy Innovation," Minneapolis, Minn. (April 2013).
                  • Presenter, "Contracting in the Binary: Fissures Along the Public-Private Border and the Growing Systemic Risks of [International] Development," University of Wisconsin Law School ClassCrits V Workshop, "From Madison to Zuccotti Park: Confronting Class and Reclaiming the American Dream," Madison, Wis. (November 2012).
                  • Presenter, "All Fall Down: Energy Production and the Convergence of Environmental and Financial Risks," Vermont Law School Third Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship, South Royalton, Vt. (October 2012).
                  Testimony and Hearings
                    Written Testimony and Commentary
                      Advisor or Consultant
                          Symposia Organization
                            Professional Membership
                                Other Service