May/June 2012
New Judge for Eastern District of Arkansas: Kristine Gerhard Baker

On May 7, 2012, the Senate confirmed Kristine Gerhard Baker as a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She fills the vacancy left by Judge James Moody who took senior status on October 1, 2008. Judge Baker was sworn in on May 21. Judge Baker was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a charter-class graduate of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1993 from Saint Louis University and her Juris Doctorate, with High Honors, in 1996 from the University of Arkansas School of Law.

She began her legal career by serving as a law clerk for then Chief Judge Susan Webber Wright of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 1996 to 1998. Judge Baker entered private practice as an associate at the law firm of Williams & Anderson from 1998 to 2000. She then participated in forming the law firm of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow in 2000 and became a partner there in 2002. In practice, she focused on commercial litigation. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Baker served on the boards of and as a volunteer for many community and legal organizations. She recently served as an appointed member of the Arkansas Model Jury Instructions (Civil) Committee, as a Board Member and Fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation, and as a Member and Former Board Member of the Pulaski County Bar Association. She married her husband, John K. Baker, a Little Rock native and fellow lawyer in 1994. They have four children and reside in Little Rock.