Texas Tech University

C. Richard "Dick" Baker, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Law
School of Law

Dick Baker graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1967 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Naval Science. He served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 until 1970, with tours in Vietnam; Okinawa; Quantico, Virginia, and Camp Pendleton, California. Mr. Baker obtained his juris doctorate from Baylor University School of Law in 1973. After graduating from law school, he returned to New Mexico where he served as Chief Deputy District Attorney of the First Judicial District, consisting of the counties of Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba, and, after the Penitentiary of New Mexico Riot of February 2-3, 1980, in which 33 inmates were killed, as Chief Riot Prosecutor. Mr. Baker has practiced civil law in the areas of insurance defense and employment law, but his primary concentration has been as a state and federal prosecutor.  He retired in 2012, with over 30 years working for the United States Department of Justice, serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico and the Northern District of Texas.  He frequently lectured and taught at the DOJ National Advocacy Center, training new federal prosecutors.

Mr. Baker works with Vetstar, a branch of Starcare, both civil  and criminal defense representation through Texas Tech Law clinics and the bar to veterans in the West Texas area, and serves as Vice President of Remember Our Heroes, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to raise money dedicated to providing treatment resources to Veterans.

Professor Baker has served as an adjunct professor at Texas Tech since 1993, having taught Evidence, Bioterrorism and Trial Advocacy.  He also coaches Tech Law National Mock Trial Teams.

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  • Trial Advocacy