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
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.