A fifth-generation Texan, Caroline Baker has served the citizens of Harris County as a judge for over 16 years. Prior to the bench, she was a partner in the litigation firm of McFall, Sherwood & Sheehy. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Texas School of Law, she is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA is an honorary organization of plaintiff and defense lawyers (as well as judges) dedicated to the preservation of the right to trial by jury and excellence in the legal profession.
Candidates are nominated and elected by the members of the organization and must have a proven record as a trial lawyer. Judge Baker also is a mediator with a certificate from the AA White Dispute Resolution Center and serves as an adjunct professor in Trial Advocacy at the University of Houston Law Center. Judge Baker consistently is rated “Outstanding” in the Houston Bar Association Polls, and is the winner of the HBA 2014 Judicial Qualifications Poll by 5 to 1.
Strongly committed to professional service, Judge Baker currently serves and/or is completing her service on three committees of the State Bar of Texas, including the Committee on Judicial Ethics, Judicial Section. She has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Board of Civil Judges and Chair of the Administration of Justice Committee for the Board of District Judges. She also has served as a member of the Ethics Committee for the National Association of Women Judges and is a Past President of the ADR Section of the Houston Bar Association. She has been a member and Chair of a State Bar Grievance Committee. Judge Baker recently co-chaired Teachers Law School, sponsored by ABOTA. Teachers Law School is a program for middle and high school government and social studies teachers designed to expose them to all areas of the judicial system so that they have the tools to inform and engage their students. Judge Baker also spends time mentoring aspiring lawyers through internships in the court and judging mock trials and mock hearings for students from the Houston law schools.
Judge Baker is a graduate of Leadership Houston (where she received the Patrice Johnson Alumnus Award for Leadership), the American Leadership Forum, and the Center for Houston's Future. She has been honored by Aspiring Youth with the "Star for Girls' Education" Award, and was selected by Texas Executive Women as a "Woman on the Move" and by Houston Woman magazine as one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Houston."
Equally committed to community service, she serves and/or has served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations, including Neighborhood Centers Inc., Girls Incorporated of Greater Houston (Former Chair), The Heritage Society (Vice President), Hobby Center Foundation, Leadership Houston (Former Chair), the YMCA, and on the Advisory Boards of The Chinquapin School, Career & Recovery Resources, Inc. and City Hall Fellows.
Above all, Judge Baker is devoted to her family. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children.