Judge James E. Baker is a professor at the Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where he is also Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. He previously served as the chief judge, and earlier as an associate judge, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (2000-2015) and as legal adviser and deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council (1994-2000).
Judge Baker has also served as counsel to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, a State Department lawyer, an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He is the author of In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times (2007) and co-author of Regulating Covert Action (1992), along with numerous chapters and articles on security, law, government process, and ethics. In addition to Syracuse University, he has taught at Yale University, the University of Iowa, Pittsburgh University, Washington University (St. Louis), and Georgetown University.