|Current Court Information:|
|Arkansas Supreme Court|
|Preceded by:||Annabelle Clinton Imber|
|Past position:||Arkansas Court of Appeals|
|Past position 2:||Judge, Arkansas Twentieth Judicial District|
|Past term 2:||1995-2000|
|Home State:||Van Buren, Arkansas|
|Undergraduate:||Arkansas Tech University, 1983|
|Law School:||University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, 1987|
Karen R. Baker is an associate justice of the seven member Arkansas Supreme Court. She was elected to an eight year term on the court in the state's Non-partisan popular election in 2010. She was sworn in to her office on January 10, 2011. Her current term ends in 2018.
- 2010-2018: Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court
- 2000-2010: Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals
- 1995-2000: Judge, Arkansas Twentieth Judicial District
- 1987-1995: Atttorney, private practice
Awards and associations
- Assistant Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Law Journal
- Member, Arkansas Judicial Council
- Member, Arkansas Bar Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Van Buren/Searcy County Bar Association
- Past President Van Buren/Searcy County Bar Association
- Member, Faulkner County Bar Association
- Member, Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers
- Member, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Law Journal
- Assistant Casenote Editor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law, Law Journal
- Member, Survey of Arkansas Workers Compensation Law
- Supreme Court Liason, Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board
- Supreme Court Liason, Arkansas Professional Practicum Committee
| Arkansas Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Position 6 |
2010 General election results
- Click here for 2010 General Election Results from the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Judge Baker announced via her Facebook page that she would seek the seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court vacated by Annabelle Clinton Imber effective January 1, 2010. The 2010 Arkansas Nonpartisan Judicial Election were held on May 18, 2010. Baker defeated Tim Fox and Evelyn Moorehead to win the seat.
Campaign funding promise
Baker announced that she will not accept campaign donations from lawyers currently practicing before her, and she called on her opponent Tim Fox to do the same. She stated: "I simply don’t feel it would be proper to accept contributions from private attorneys who appear before my court. It is a small step, but I believe it is an important one."
The Arkansas Supreme Court agreed with a Circuit Court ruling upholding a fee for residents of Hot Springs. Two taxpayers challenged the water bill fee, stating that the additional monetary requirement was actually a tax, which would need to be approved by the public. Justice Karen Baker differentiated between the two in the opinion, saying, "Taxing power is usually exercised to provide funding for public services at large, while police power is usually exercised to cover the cost of administering a regulatory scheme or providing a service."
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of State Supreme Court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Baker received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.63, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -0.48 that justices received in Arkansas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Judge Karen Baker for Supreme Court campaign website
- Court of Appeals Oral Arguments Calendar
- Court of Appeals Opinions
- Arkansas Supreme Court Official Biography, Justice Baker
- Facebook "Judge Karen Baker," September 15, 2009
- Under the Dome "Two Supreme Court races," September 17, 2009
- Arkansas Blog "Three-way race for court," July 17, 2009
- Arkansas Election Dates and Deadlines
- Candidate Filing List
- Arkansas Democrat Gazette, "Supreme Court - Position 6"
- Arkansas Blog "Judicial politics," December 1, 2009
- Arkansas News, "State Supreme Court upholds Hot Springs water fee," September 15, 2011
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Lavenski Smith • Tom Glaze • Jim Gunter • Annabelle Clinton Imber • Robert L. Brown • Elana Cunningham Wills • William H. Bowen • Ron Sheffield • Richard Adkisson • Steele Hays •|