Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice
Legal Externship Program
LaQunya Baker is a current criminal defense litigator who recently joined the Externship Program to assist students navigating field placements in small firms and judicial clerkships. LaQunya is the co-owner of Baker Oliver Simpson Law LLC where she primarily represents indigent clients at the trial and post-conviction level. LaQunya began her legal career as a Deputy State Public Defender in Jefferson County, Colorado until 2018. After working in public interest, LaQunya switched gears and began working with small and mid-sized firms in civil litigation and primarily with plaintiffs’ side employment discrimination litigation. LaQunya has successfully litigated employment discrimination cases at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to increase the access to justice for litigants protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Prior to practicing in Colorado, LaQunya went to the Charlotte School of Law where she engaged in a number of internships and externships to include clerking in DC Superior Court and in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. LaQunya was raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and attended The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. LaQunya is heavily involved in the Colorado legal community as the president of the Young Lawyers Division for the Sam Cary Bar Association, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the First Judicial Bar Association. LaQunya is actively committed to mentoring young lawyers and students as the strive to be more involved in Colorado’s legal community.