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A View Into the Breonna Taylor Civil Case
February 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1.5 Hours of MCLE Credit, Including 1.5 Hours of Elimination of Bias
Sponsored by the ACBA, CHBA, CABL, BWLNC, and CLA Racial Justice Committee. Free to CLA members with use of discount code sponsor. $115 for non-members.
Lonita Baker, lead counsel representing Breonna Taylor’s family in the civil lawsuit against the city of Louisville, provides insight into this highly publicized and debated civil case as well as the decisions related to the criminal side of the case. Breonna Taylor’s killing became an international story and a viral conversation regarding racial injustice, systemic racism and police use of deadly force.
The Alameda County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.
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Lonita K. Baker is a personal injury litigation attorney at Sam Aguiar Injury Lawyers in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to joining Aguiar, she served as an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney for over six years. While at the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, she practiced in the Legislative Services Branch of the Civil Division and as a Supervising Prosecutor in the Criminal Division. Attorney Baker began her legal career at the Louisville Metro Public Defender Corporation. In 2020, Attorney Baker gained national attention in her representation of the family of Breonna Taylor. This case was one of the pivotal points in Attorney Baker’s career resulting in a ground-breaking settlement with the City of Louisville which included terms of police reform in addition to one of the largest financial awards for an individual civil rights case to date.
Attorney Baker graduated from the University of Louisville in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Pan-African Studies. She continued her studies at the University of Louisville at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law obtaining her Juris Doctor in 2006. In 2017, she obtained a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Louisville College of Business.
Attorney Baker has shown her commitment to the legal community consistently throughout her career. Attorney Baker served multiple terms as President of the Charles W. Anderson, Jr. Bar Association and currently serves as a Vice-President for the National Bar Association (“NBA”). She previously served the NBA as Chief of Staff, under the leadership of Past President Joseph Drayton, and Chief of Communications, under the leadership of Past President Ben Crump. Attorney Baker has also served the Louisville legal community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Bar Association and as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She is also the lead attorney for the Louisville Urban League Reily Re-entry Expungement Program.
Attorney Baker has received several awards for her service to the legal profession including being named a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney by the National Bar Association (2015) and The National Black Trial Lawyers (2017), receiving three Presidential Awards from the National Bar Association (2016, 2017, and 2019), and being named the 2019 Justice Award recipient from the Louisville Urban League. In 2020, Attorney Baker earned recognition as a Top 40 Under 40 by Louisville Business First, a Wiley Branton Awardee by the National Bar Association, and the Daniel M. Alvarez Champion for Justice Award by the Louisville Bar Association. Attorney Baker is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.