Leonard M. Baynes
2008 Cor Jesu Award Recipient
Class of 1975
Leonard Baynes graduated from Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School in 1975. He went on to receive his B.S. from New York University and J.D. – M.B.A. from Columbia University. At Columbia, Len was awarded the Earl Warren Scholarship and the COGME Fellowship. Immediately after law school, he served as Law Clerk to Federal District Court Judge Clifford Scott Green in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Currently Len is a Professor of Law and the inaugural Director of The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law. He also established the McClancy High School Law Day Program which has now expanded to include other Catholic High schools in the area .On January 25, 2007, at the Vincentian Convocation, St. John’s University recognized Professor Baynes’ service and accomplishments with the school’s prestigious President’s Medal.
Professor Baynes teaches Business Organizations, Communications Law, Regulated Industries, and Race and the Law. Professor Baynes is a nationally recognized communications law scholar, specializing in race and media issues.
In 2006, Professor Baynes signed a contract with Aspen Publishers to co-author a case book entitled: “Telecommunications Law: Convergence and Competition.” He has also written over twenty-five law review articles on Race/Racism and the Law, Corporate Law, Communications Law, or the intersection of the three.
Professor Baynes is also very active in academic circles and is especially concerned about diversity issues. Lastly, Professor Baynes was also a 2001 Fulbright Scholarship Finalist and is admitted to practice in both New York State and Massachusetts.