David Baum received a BA in English with high distinction in 1986 and a JD in 1989 from the University of Michigan. Following law school, he clerked one year for the Hon. Noel Anketell Kramer of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. From 1990 to 1995, he served as an assistant United States attorney in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted criminal matters in both the local and federal courts. Dean Baum returned to the Law School in November 1995 to join the Office of Student Affairs. In March 2000, he became assistant dean for student affairs. In 2010, he was assigned the role of special counsel for professional skills development, in which capacity he works strategically with the dean, faculty, and administrators to enhance professional skills opportunities for students, both within and outside the curriculum. His other primary responsibilities include providing general counseling and academic advice to students, facilitating the orientation program for new students, providing guidance and support to faculty on academic policies and administrative issues, and supervising the Law School's Office of the Registrar. In October 2010, Dean Baum received a Certificate of Appreciation from the University of Michigan Council for Disability Concerns.