Meet the Faculty: Fletcher N. Baldwin
View on the Profession
“After military service, I attended law school. My classmates and I were pleased to be joining the dedicated likes of characters such as those in To Kill A Mockingbird. Lawyers’ reputations were their advertisements.
“The public image of lawyering changed with the Supreme Court ruling that lawyers have a First Amendment right to advertise. A review of the soliciations in the Yellow Pages and on television — particularly in conjunction with the Bar’s attempt to improve the reputation and image of the profession — should lead laymen and lawyers alike to ponder the focus, the calling.
“Probably a third of today’s attorneys are still deeply concerned about civil, constitutional and human rights. In my experience, many more appear to be concerned primarily with Wall Street models of investments. The rights of others and dignity of humankind do not appear to be of major importance in this day and time.”
LL.M., Yale University; LL.M., University of Illinois; J.D. (Honors) and A.B., University of Georgia. Order of the Coif and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Georgia Bar member.
Joined UF College of Law faculty in 1962. Founding director, Montpellier University Summer Law Program, France; co-founder and lecturer, Center for Human Rights and Peace, Makerere University, Uganda. Honorary Fellow, Centre of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
Professeur au Centre de Droit du l’Entreprise, Montpellier. Has taught and/or lectured at Makerere University, Uganda; Escuela Libre De Derecho, Mexico City; Cambridge-Warsaw Program, Trinity College, England; University of Lodz, Poland; Baylor University; ABA OPAL Program at Princeton and Brown Universities; University of Natal Pieremaritzburg, South Africa; and U.S. Department of Treasury’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia. CEELI legal specialist and advisor to the Parliament and Constitutional Court in Kiev, Ukraine; consultant and technical advisor to the Juridical Council, Thailand; and consultant to the Attorney General, Indonesia. Speaker and delegate, 11th-21st International Symposiums on Economic Crime, Jesus College, Cambridge, England (cosponsored by Center for International Financial Crimes Studies). Delegate: Conference on Human Rights, Kiev State University, Ukraine; and International Constitutional Law Roundtable, Murten, Switzerland; Nairobi, Kenya; and United Nations Law of the Sea Conference, Accra, Ghana.
Publications include a five-volume treatise, Money Laundering Asset Forfeiture and International Financial Crimes (Oceana Press, N.Y., 1993-2002); and three-volume treatise, Cybercrime and Security (Oceana Press, N.Y.) (co-authored). Served on advisory board of the Financial Crime Review and Journal of Money Laundering Control, University of London. Active practice limited to appellate constitutional litigation.
What You May Not Know
Baldwin served in the Army and Marines. He spent two years at the University of Hawaii, where he played football, competed on the club Judo team, belonged to the Young Buddhist Association, and retreated to the “Bodhi Tree” for enlightenment prior to exams. He came to the University of Florida specifically because the dean promised he could teach and take civil rights and constitutional pro bono cases. He has argued in both Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts and lower courts in Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, and worked as special state attorney. Law is a family business for Baldwin: his wife, daughter, son, son-in-law, niece and nephew are all UF College of Law graduates. (His young grandsons — Walker, Fletcher and Baldwin — are frequent visitors to Holland Hall.) His roots are deep in Georgia and Virginia, and his undergraduate major at Georgia was Civil War History