The Hon. James E. Baker Is Appointed to Chair a Panel of NAPA Fellows to Produce a Study on Best Workplace Practices in the Federal Judiciary

The Hon. James E. Baker, director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law, is appointed to Chair a five-member panel of National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellows to oversee and guide a congressionally mandated study “to coordinate best workplace practices across the judiciary and to address workplace misconduct.” 

The study was legislatively mandated by Congress and follows efforts taken by the federal judiciary since 2018 to address workplace climate issues impacting the federal judiciary and its 30,000 employees.  The study will assess how various mechanisms to address workplace climate issues have been implemented and make recommendations regarding best workplace practices. 

According to the terms of the legislation, the study will be conducted jointly by the professional staff of the Federal Judicial Center (FJC) and the professional staff of the NAPA.  Judge Baker was selected by NAPA, with FJC concurrence, to Chair the review panel.  Judge Baker was elected as a NAPA Fellow in 2019.

The Federal Judicial Center is the research and education agency of the federal judiciary. The National Academy of Public Administration is an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization established by Congress in 1967 to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations.