Nannette Baker

US District Court

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US District Court


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Nannette A. Baker is the Chief Magistrate Judge at the United States District Court in St. Louis, where she also presides over the Janis C. Good Mental Health Court. Before she was appointed to the federal court, she served on the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Eastern District of Missouri for six years, where she was Chief Judge from 2008 until 2009.  She also served as a circuit court judge in the City of St. Louis before she was appointed to the appellate court.

Judge Baker is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law.  Following law school, she was a law clerk for United States District Court Judge Odell Horton in the Western District of Tennessee.  She later worked in private practice at two St. Louis law firms. While working in private practice she served as the Chair of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.

Judge Baker is the Co-chair of the editorial board of the ABA’s Judges’ Journal. She was appointed to the Standing Committee for Publishing Oversight in 2017.  She is also a Past Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the American Bar Association Judicial Division.  She serves on the executive committee of the NCFTJ.  Before that, she was Vice Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference from 2010 until 2011.  She was appointed to the American Law Institute in 2016.  She is also a member of the Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, and the Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis.  She has also served as the Chair of the Minorities in the Legal Profession Committee and on the Executive Board of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and as Vice President of the Mound City Bar Association.

Judge Baker is very involved in the St. Louis community. She is a member of the Archway Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Provident Counseling. Her past board service includes Marian Middle School, Gateway Greening, Incorporated, Covenant House, Missouri, St. Patrick Center and The College for Living. She also volunteered as a Truancy Court Judge at Soldan High School and as a Mentor in the St. Louis Public Schools. She is past Treasurer of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association and past president of the St Louis Chapter of the Tennessee Alumni Association.

Judge Baker has presented legal education programs for the ABA, the Mound City Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the Missouri Judicial College.  She authored several articles in the St. Louis Lawyer magazine focusing on affirmative action as well as on the hiring and retention of minority attorneys and major area law firms. She also served as the editor of the Spring 2015 issue of The Judges’ Journal which focused on mental health courts and as the editor of the Summer 2018 issue of the magazine which focused on Bail Reform.



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