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Patrick Baker

Professor Patrick R. Baker
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Natural Resources Law Center

J.D., Appalachian School of Law (2007)
Virginia Military Institute (1998)

Courses Taught: Oil & Gas Law, Water Law, Coal & Mineral Law, Virginia Procedure, Legal Process I and Legal Process II

Patrick Baker joined ASL after practicing at one of Virginia's oldest law firms, Penn, Stuart & Eskridge, in Abingdon. He practiced in the litigation group focusing on workers' compensation, employment, regulatory, and mineral and energy law. He earned a B.A. in History and minored in psychology at the Virginia Military Institute. While attending ASL, he received a 100 percent merit scholarship and two Energy & Mineral Law Foundation scholarships. Additionally, he served as articles editor of the Appalachian School of Law Natural Resources & Law Journal. His peers elected him to serve as Student Bar Association president from 2006 through 2007. In 2005, he served as a summer clerk for Judge Elizabeth A. McClanahan of the Virginia Court of Appeals; McClanahan is now a justice on the Virginia Supreme Court. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia and Tennessee. He earned his Virginia State Teaching Certificate in 2002 from Old Dominion University and taught college preparatory history, U.S. government, economics, and leadership studies for six years before attending law school. He is an avid outdoor writer and has been published in The Virginia Sportsman as well as other newspapers and periodicals. He is also a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. His scholarship interest includes Property, Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Mineral, and Energy law.


  • “Managed Cooperation in a Post-Sago Mine Disaster World,” 33 Pace L. Rev ___ (forthcoming Spring 2013).
  • "The American Miner, the Forgotten Natural Resource: Why Legislative Reforms are a Viable Solution to Solving the Case Backlog before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission Sparked by Tougher Enforcement of New Coal Mining Health and Safety Laws and Regulations," 13 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 141 (2011).
  • Gresham, Timothy W., "Water Replacement Under Federal and State Statutes: You Break, You Buy It," 27 Energy & Mineral Law Inst., 373 (2006) (Contributing Author Patrick R. Baker)
  • Contributing writer for The Virginia Sportsman, The Virginia Mountaineer