Judge James E. Baker Returns to Faulkner Law

On June 18, 2015, Judge James E. Baker returned for his second visit to Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law to discuss federal clerkships and the function of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.   Approximately thirty students attended the event and had the opportunity to interact with Judge Baker while learning more about how his five member civilian court reviews court martial cases for the United States military.

“Faulkner Law was happy to welcome back Chief Judge Baker to the law school for the second year in a row,” said Bryan Morgan, Director of Career Development. “Like last year, Chief Judge Baker traveled to speak at the Air Force and JAG schools at Maxwell Air Force Base, and made a special trip to visit our law students. He encouraged them to apply for federal clerkships as well as other positions they aspire to with a bold approach to land the job of their dreams. This was truly a great opportunity for all who attended.”

Judge Baker was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on September 19, 2000. He previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, where he advised the President, the National Security Advisor, and the NSC staff on U.S. and international law involving national security. Judge Baker also served as Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board. As an attorney adviser in the Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State, he provided advice on law enforcement, intelligence, and counter-terrorism and served as legal adviser to U.S. delegations to various environmental negotiations.

Upon graduating from college, Judge Baker received a Reserve commission as an infantry officer upon joining the Marine Corps. He subsequently earned a regular commission at The Basic School before joining the Fleet Marine Force where he served as a rifle platoon leader, weapons platoon leader, company executive officer, and as an aide-de-camp. While completing his undergraduate, Judge Baker attended the Platoon Leaders Class. He finished first in his class at Officer Candidates School, for which Yale received the Commandant’s Trophy.

Judge Baker is the recipient of the 1999 Colonel Nelson Drew Memorial Award, the NSC’s highest honor. The award recognizes “distinguished contributions to the formation of peaceful, cooperative relationships between states, and U.S. security policy for global peace.” He is also the recipient of the Director of Central Intelligence’s “Director’s Award.”

Judge Baker was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School. He teaches national security law at Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Iowa College of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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