Judge James Baker

Adjunct Faculty Member

BA, Yale University, 1982
JD, Yale Law School, 1990

The Honorable James Baker is Chief Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. The Court exercises worldwide appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces on active duty and other persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  The Court is composed of five civilian judges appointed for 15-year terms by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.  Judge Baker is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School. A career civil servant, Judge Baker previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (NSC)(1997-2000); Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (1994-1997); Counsel to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board (1993-1994); and, as an attorney in the Office of the Legal Advisor, Department of State.  Judge Baker has also served as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and as a Marine Corps infantry officer.  (Judge Baker resigned his Reserve commission upon joining the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.)  Judge Baker is the recipient of the 1999 Colonel Nelson Drew Memorial Award, the NSC's highest honor, and the Director of Central Intelligence's "Director's Award."  He is the author of Regulating Covert Action (Yale University 1992) as well as numerous articles on national security.  He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.