Private practice, Los Angeles, California, 1975-1977, 1980-1986
Assistant U.S. attorney, Central District of California, 1977-1980
Judge, Los Angeles [California] Municipal Court, 1986-1987
Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 1987-2007
Appointed as Valerie L. Baker
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, May 4, 2006; no Senate vote
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