Jason R. Baron
Jason R. Baron joined the UMD iSchool in August 2020 as a professor of the practice focusing on the intersection of law, archives, and information retrieval. His research interests include practical applications of AI, including with respect to aiding in public access to government records.
Since the 1990s, Mr. Baron has played a principal role both as a trial lawyer and policymaker in ensuring that hundreds of millions of White House email records, as well as electronic records throughout the government, are preserved as part of the Nation’s history. In addition, with Prof. Douglas Oard he co-founded the NIST TREC Legal Track, a cutting-edge research project aimed at evaluating how AI methods could improve how lawyers search for electronic evidence.
He has served as a trial attorney and senior counsel at the Justice Department, and as the first appointed Director of Litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration. Most recently, he served as Of Counsel at Faegre Drinker LLP. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, and an adjunct faculty member at American University Washington College of Law as well as here at the iSchool. Among his many publications, he served as lead editor on the book Perspectives on Predictive Coding and Other Advanced Search Methods for the Legal Practitioner, published by the American Bar Association (2016).
Mr. Baron is a recipient of the international Emmett Leahy Award in recognition of his achievements in the field of information and records management, the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Government Lawyer Award from the Federal Bar Association, and was named by The American Lawyer in 2013 as an e-discovery trailblazer in its issue on “The Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years.” He received his B.A. magna cum laude with honors from Wesleyan University, and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Baron's CV is available here.