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Christine Cartwright Baker Named As Trustee To New Jersey State Bar Association

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Christine Cartwright Baker, a Lambertville resident and partner in the Princeton law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, was installed as a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Atlantic City. The board of trustees is responsible for the management of the affairs and property of the association.

An NJSBA member for 13 years, Baker previously served on the board from 1998 to 2000 following her term as chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). She received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the division in 1999.

A member of the Environmental Law, Land Use Law, and Women in the Profession sections and Young Lawyers Division, Baker was also appointed to serve on many NJSBA committees and entities including the Centennial Committee, Commission on Professionalism, General Council, Ethics Diversionary Program, Lawyers Assistance Program Committee and Long-Term Planning Committee. In addition, she served on the Membership, Professional Responsibility, Public Relations and Resolution Committees.

Within the Young Lawyers Division, Baker has served as chair of its Awards and Annual Charity Dinner committees, as a member of the By-Laws, Finance, Law Day, Membership, Nomination and Long-Range Planning committees, and on the editorial board and as editor-in-chief of the YLD Dictum newsletter. She also served as chair of the Regional Outreach Meeting and Program Committee and as a member of the Social Committee.

Baker is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) where she is a member of the Law Practice Management and Litigation sections, Partners of the Commission on Women in the Profession, the Section of Intellectual Property Law, Women Rainmakers and the Young Lawyers Division. She has also served in the ABA Young Lawyers Division cabinet and on the executive council, as delegate to the General Assembly, on the editorial board of the Barrister and The Affiliate where she was also associate editor, and as editor-in-chief of The Young Lawyer.

Baker presently serves as a mediator for litigation pending in federal court for the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. From 1996 to 2000, she sat on the New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee for District VIII where she also served terms as chair and vice-chair.

A member of the Mercer County Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Committee, Baker was a barrister from 2000 to 2002 for the Mercer County American Inn of Court. She is a member of the Princeton Bar Association.

Active within her community, Baker is an appointed member of the Women’s Advisory Committee for the Twelfth Congressional District and a pre-professional representative for Rutgers University. From 1998 to 1999 she was a mock trial coach for Princeton Day School and from 1993 to 1995, served as an attorney mentor to Princeton High School through the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Mentorship Program.

A graduate of Rutgers College, Baker received her law degree from Rutgers School of Law—Newark. She is admitted to the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.

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