Harold Baer Jr. ’54 recently released a book, “Judges Under Fire: Human Rights, Independent Judges and the Rule of Law.” The first book by Baer, it offers a fresh perspective on why maintaining the rule of the law is important to all citizens. Baer has been a presence in the U.S. judicial court system for more than 50 years.
Former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani says Baer’s book deserves attention. “He has provided a rarely seen but vital perspective on the rule of law. Through a series of true and fascinating stories from around the world, Judge Baer spells out how necessary it is that each of us exercise vigilance to assure that the rule of law is preserved,” Giuliani says.
While at Hobart, Baer participated in many campus activities. He was a member of the Board of Control, he wrote for the Herald, and also worked for WEOS-FM. Baer earned his B.A. in political science and history, magna cum laude and with Honors. He was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. After HWS, Baer earned his L.L.B. from Yale Law School.
Baer ’54 was elected to serve in the New York Supreme Court for New York County in 1982, and served until 1992. From 1992 to 1994 he was Executive Judicial Officer for the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Service, Inc. and, in April of 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated him for the Southern District of New York to fill Robert Sweet’s seat.