Deborah J. Baker

Title/s:  Arbitrator, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission



Deborah (“Dee”) Baker is an Arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, appointed by the Office of the Governor. Dee is very active in the community and volunteers with multiple non-profit organizations and bar associations including the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, the National Association of Women Lawyers, and Cabrini Green Legal Aid. Additionally, Dee is a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Prior to being appointed as an Arbitrator, Dee worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections as Assistant Deputy Chief Legal Counsel and Agency Ethics Officer. Dee also worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Attorney General’s Office General Law Bureau where she represented the state, its agencies, and state employees in the United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. Before that, Dee worked as an Associate Attorney at Goldberg Weisman Cairo and a Staff Attorney for appointed Commissioners at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. During law school, Dee competed in the NBLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, served as an Associate Editor of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal, and tutored for the Legal Writing Department.


J.D., Certificate in Trial Advocacy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

M.A., International & Comparative Politics, Loyola University Chicago Department of Political Science

B.A., Psychology, University of New Mexico

B.A., Political Science, University of New Mexico

Program Areas

Legal Writing