January/February 2011
New Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri: Nannette Baker

Nannette A. Baker was sworn in as U.S. Magistrate Judge on February 3, 2011. She fills the vacancy created by Judge Audrey Fleissig when she was appointed as district court judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Judge Baker was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She spent part of her childhood in Liberia, where her father helped to establish teacher training schools for the U.S. Agency for International Development. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1978. After 13 years as a broadcast journalist in Knoxville, Memphis, and St. Louis, she decided to attend law school at St. Louis University School of Law. She received her law degree in 1994. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Odell Horton, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. In 1995 she returned to St. Louis and practiced at the firm of Lashly & Baer, then later moved to Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. In 1999 she was appointed as a judge for the Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis, 22nd Judicial Circuit. In 2004 she was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District, where she served as chief judge from 2008 to 2009. She was the first African-American woman to serve as chief judge of that court. Judge Baker has won several honors and awards including the 2007 Judge Theodore McMillian Award.




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