Alderman R. Lisle Baker has represented constituents in Newton, Massachusetts, continuously for over two decades as the Ward Alderman for Ward Seven. In addition to helping citizens with problems they encounter, Lisle Baker serves on the Zoning and Planning Committee, where he has worked with colleagues and citizens to update and clarify the City’s ordinances that govern the use of land. As an alderman, Lisle Baker also votes on funding relating to Newton's schools, library, and recreational activities through the Board of Aldermen's Programs and Services Committee. In addition, Lisle Baker created the Special Committee on Long Range Planning in 2004 when he was elected to the first of his three terms as President of the Board of Aldermen. While Board President, Lisle Baker also created a Newton cable television series, Aldermen at Work, which won two local awards and is available at www.aldermenatwork.org. Lisle Baker has also been a professor of law at Suffolk University Law School since 1973, where he has taught classes on law practice planning, property, mediation, environmental law, and land use control. While a member of the faculty, Lisle Baker also chaired a special committee involved in the design of a new building for the Law School, following prior work as chair of a long-range planning committee for the School. Lisle Baker has written articles on such topics as using insights about perception and judgment as an aid to mediation, settling land use appeals within the framework of open meeting laws, using special assessments for open space preservation, ethical limits on attorney contact with local zoning officials, and taxing land speculation. After graduating with honors from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Lisle Baker worked to secured federal antipoverty funds for Kentucky and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He then went on to earn his law degree cum laude at Harvard Law School, where he was chosen to serve on the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and to be an Instructor in expository writing at Harvard College.