James Baehr

James Baehr

Special Counsel, Pelican Institute for Public Policy

James Baehr is a Constitutional litigator and a founder of the Pelican Center for Justice.

Baehr previously served as a Special Assistant to the President in the Domestic Policy Council in the White House. He coordinated and oversaw DPC’s policy portfolio across a number of agencies, including the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Department of Justice.

Baehr serves as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserves as the Reserve Regional Defense Counsel-East Coast. In 2018, he activated and deployed to the Middle East for Operation Inherent Resolve, where he worked on the Command Staff and earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

In his civilian career, Baehr was a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, prosecuting over 100 defendants for felony-level violations in the Eastern District of Louisiana including narcotics, fraud, murder, and corruption. He previously clerked for Judge Edith Clement of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Baehr’s first job after law school was as an active-duty Marine judge advocate defense counsel. He defended over 200 Marines in trials, presentencing trials, and administrative boards.

Baehr received his J.D. and a Masters in History from the University of Virginia in 2008. He graduated from Dartmouth College with honors in History and Government in 2005.



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