Judge James E. Baker Joins Law Center As Visiting Professor

November 2, 2015 — Georgetown University Law Center is pleased to announce that Judge James E. Baker has joined the Law Center as a Visiting Professor.

Jamie Baker“I am delighted to welcome Judge Baker to the Georgetown Law community,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “Judge Baker’s experience in national security law and military law will further strengthen our national security law program, which is already regarded as the finest in the country.” 

Baker retired from 15 years on the bench of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (USCAAF), the last four years as Chief Judge. The Court hears appeals arising under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Decisions of the Court are subject to review by the U.S. Supreme Court. Baker is the author of almost 300 opinions addressing criminal law and procedure, including the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, rules of evidence, and jurisdiction.  

Baker received his J.D. and B.A. from Yale. Following college he served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, remaining in the reserves until becoming a judge. In addition to serving as a judge, he has served as Special Assistant to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, Deputy Legal Adviser to the NSC, Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board, and as an attorney in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. Baker was also an aide and acting chief of staff to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). 

Baker is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Colonel Nelson Drew Award, which is the National Security Council’s highest honor, as well as the "Director's Award" given by the Director of Central Intelligence. In 2009, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College awarded Baker the honorary degree of Master of Military Art and Science. In addition to numerous articles, Baker is the co-author of In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times and Regulating Covert Action. He is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, as well as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy. In addition to teaching at Georgetown, he has taught national security law at Yale Law School, Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Iowa, and the University of Pittsburgh.

“Judge Baker is one of the country’s leading experts on national security law,” said Professor Laura K. Donohue, director of the Center on National Security and the Law. “For more than a decade, he has set the gold standard for teaching in the field. We are thrilled that he is joining Georgetown Law.”

At Georgetown Law, Baker has taught Managing National Security as an adjunct professor, and has been involved in the national security crisis law simulation. This year, Baker is teaching Managing National Security, Challenges in National Security Law, Federal Courts and the Federal System, and Professional Responsibility: From Model Rules to Role Models- The Theory and Practice of Legal Ethics.

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