Joseph Baca has an extensive history in Kansas legal practice.
University of Kansas School of Law
While attending the University of Kansas School of Law, he received a School of Law Academic Scholarship. He also served as an officer in the Hispanic-American Law Student Association. He graduated in May 2004, acquiring a license to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of Kansas. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Kansas State University in May of 2001. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Garden City Community College.
Barton County Attorney’s Office
After graduating from law school, he accepted a position as a victim advocate in Great Bend, Kansas. In this position, he met and interviewed victims of crime in cases charged through the Barton County Attorney’s Office. Information from the victims and their desires were then relayed to the attorneys prosecuting the case. This position gave him insight into the procedures involved in criminal law practice as well as the unique experience of learning how criminal charges can affect all parties involved both emotionally and psychologically.
South and Associates, Wichita, KS
In early 2006, he became an associate foreclosure attorney with this prestigious law firm. In this position, he gained valuable experience in the following areas:
• Performing real estate foreclosure proceedings as well as assisting in financial collection actions for creditors and lending agencies
• Understanding how a creditor views a collection or a foreclosure proceeding and what settlement methods they find agreeable
During his time at South and Associates, he was appointed co-manager of a research group dedicated to improving loss mitigation efforts and alternate dispute arrangements.
Sumner County Attorney’s Office
Because of his primary interest and educational background in criminal justice, Joseph decided to get back into criminal law practice by accepting a position as a Deputy County Attorney for Sumner County in early 2009. In this position, he has prosecuted the following:
• Child-in-Need-of-Care proceedings
• Juvenile offenses
• Misdemeanor offenses
• Traffic offenses
His primary duties in this position came from DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and traffic proceedings, resulting in three solid years of traffic prosecution, including jury trial experience.
During his time in this position, he also worked within the community to help develop a diversion program for juvenile offenders.
This experience in prosecution has given him unique insight into how to provide clients with a better understanding of the criminal proceedings in which they take part, as well as in the techniques involved to ensure a client receives the best defense.