Jean M. Baker is an attorney whose focus is on juvenile (child welfare) cases. Her education (both undergraduate and professional) and volunteer work make her uniquely qualified to work with those in juvenile court, whether parents or children. Her undergraduate degree provides insight into child development and working with parents, and her CASA work gives her a broader perspective of the various roles and underlying issues affecting those in Child in Need of Assistance (“CINA”) cases.
Ms. Baker received her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Northern Iowa in Elementary Education, and her law degree from Drake University Law School. She is licensed to practice law in all the state courts of Iowa. While most juvenile CINA cases are court-appointed, she does provide legal services to private pay clients as well.
She volunteers her time in three primary ways:
- As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) Coach in Polk County. CASAs are trained volunteers who work with abused and neglected kids, providing valuable insight to the courts.
- As a Mock Trial Judge at the collegiate level. Although Ms. Baker has judged at Drake Law School, Loras College, and the National Tournament when it was in Des Moines, she primarily judges at The University of Iowa.
- As an Accompanist for the Hallelujah! and Treble Choirs at Plymouth Church, and as a rehearsal accompanist for the Matins (high school) choir.
Ms. Baker continues her education by prioritizing her Continuing Legal Education requirements around juvenile law, trauma-informed care, and child development.