Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice
Legal Externship Program
LaQunya Baker has been fighting for the rights of those who find themselves tangled in the justice system for years. LaQunya was raised in South Carolina where she attended the College of Charleston. During her time at CofC, LaQunya studied Communications and African American Studies. While in undergrad LaQunya worked alongside the then United States House of Representatives Majority Whip, Jim Clyburn, as a community organizer in South Carolina. LaQunya was honored with the Presidential Legacy Award for Outstanding Public Service while at the College of Charleston for her participation in humanitarian efforts domestically and internationally during a study abroad to Nairobi, Kenya in 2010.
After undergrad LaQunya attended Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte North Carolina. LaQunya completed judicial clerkships for Federal District Court Judge Margaret Seymour for the District of South Carolina and the Honorable Judge Michael McCarthy for D.C. Superior Court while in law school. These clerkships gave LaQunya insight on what judges in state and federal courts look for from attorneys from start to finish on civil and criminal cases. During her final year in law school, LaQunya served as an editor for the Access to Justice Law Review dedicated to advocating for the access to justice throughout the legal system.
LaQunya consistently appeared on the Dean’s List in law school while also interning at the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office. After graduating in the top twenty-five percent of her class, LaQunya moved to Colorado to become a Deputy State Public Defender where she handled a variety of cases ranging from traffic infractions to homicide. During her time as a Deputy State Public Defender LaQunya tried dozens of jury trials; successfully suppressed statements in advance of trial due to Miranda violations; and represented numerous clients in specialty courts such as the Jefferson County Recovery Court.
After her time as a Deputy State Public Defender, LaQunya went into private practice in both state in federal court, representing clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, The United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and the District of Arizona. LaQunya has successfully overturned United States District Court rulings at the United States Court of Appeals while fighting for the rights of disabled clients under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LaQunya has a demonstrated history of advocating for clients to obtain favorable outcomes by utilizing skill, intellect, and compassion. Whether it’s fighting for civil liberties or fighting for true justice in the criminal justice system, LaQunya will, undoubtedly, fight for her clients.