Empowering a New Generation to Take Action

Baker-lg.jpgDuring his lifetime, C. Edwin "Ed" Baker was the Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and one of the country's foremost authorities on free speech, the First Amendment, and mass media policy. For more than 30 years he was also a dedicated member and annual supporter of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Before he passed away unexpectedly in December 2009, Ed established a trust in his estate plan and included a unique provision in his will to provide ongoing support for the organizations and causes he cherished most. In his plans Ed designated a committee—made up of his sister and three of his closest friends—and charged them with determining how to best distribute the assets in the trust to his favorite causes.

Recognizing Ed's loyal support of UCS and our commitment to help extend the passions and beliefs of this visionary scholar, the committee made a generous gift from Ed's estate to honor his legacy and UCS's important mission.

How Ed Is Helping Today

In recognition of Ed’s work and the commitment he shared with UCS to elevate science and policy issues for public consumption through the media, we created the C. Edwin Baker Media Internship, which provides paid internship opportunities for current undergraduate students and recent graduates to work as part of UCS’s media and communications team.

Ed’s sister Nancy says, “Ed was greatly concerned about the environment and also greatly concerned about the effect of advertising on our media and the resulting damage to the informed populace on which democracy depends. He believed very strongly that progressive people need to become more sophisticated in our use of the media if we are to have any hope of advancing the issues that protect the planet.”

UCS has a deep understanding of the critical role that effective media communication plays in making progress and bringing about change. Ed’s generous bequest will enable UCS to provide meaningful experiences for talented, promising young people while adding critical capacity to our own staff in a fast-paced, ever-evolving media landscape.

Ed’s life and his unexpected death serve as important reminders that it is never too early or too late to consider what you want your own legacy to be—and to prepare your estate plan accordingly.

 

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