Karen R. Baker
|Karen R. Baker|
|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|
|Hometown:||Van Buren, Arkansas|
|Undergraduate:||Arkansas Tech University, 1983|
|Law School:||University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, 1987|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Karen R. Baker is an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. She won re-election to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2014, after running unopposed. Her term will expire at the end of 2023. She was first elected in 2010 and sworn into office on January 10, 2011.
- For in-depth coverage of the state's high court races, see: Arkansas Supreme Court elections, 2014
- See also: Arkansas judicial elections, 2014
| Baker ran for re-election to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
General: She won without opposition in the general election on May 20, 2014.
In announcing her candidacy, Baker said,
|“||I consider it a privilege to serve the citizens of the State of Arkansas and wish to continue on the court of last resort for all Arkansans. . .||”|
—Justice Karen R. Baker
| Arkansas Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Position 6 |
2010 General election results
- Click here for 2010 General Election Results from the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Campaign funding promise
During her 2010 campaign, Baker announced she would not accept campaign donations from lawyers who were practicing before her at the court of appeals. 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."
- 2010-2018: Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court
- 2000-2010: Judge, Arkansas Court of Appeals
- 1995-2000: Judge, Arkansas Twentieth Judicial District
- 1987-1995: Attorney in 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 liaison, Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board
- Supreme court liaison, Arkansas Professional Practicum Committee
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.
- Arkansas Judiciary, "Arkansas Supreme Court," accessed May 28, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Karen Baker's Biography," accessed May 28, 2014
- Under the Dome "Two Supreme Court races," September 17, 2009
- Arkansas Online, "2014 Elections Filings, Non-partisan judicial races," accessed March 26, 2014
- See: Judicial selection in Arkansas
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Nonpartisan Election Results," May 20, 2014
- Arkansas Judiciary, "Arkansas Supreme Court, Justices, Arkansas Associate Justice Karen R. Baker, Position 6," accessed March 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Talk Business Arkansas, "Justice Karen Baker seeking re-election," January 1, 2014
- 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 Imber Tuck • Robert L. Brown • Elana Cunningham Wills • William H. Bowen • Ron Sheffield • Richard Adkisson • Steele Hays •|