It was only the first class of the semester, but students were already full of praise for Legal Environment of Business instructor Judge Kenneth Garrett.
“I was getting so many emails from students about the class,” said Sherry Davidson, who serves as an enrollment recruiter at Baker. “They were so excited to work with an instructor who has local experience.”
Local experience may be an understatement. Garrett describes himself as a lifelong Kansas Citian. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law and also earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from UMKC.
After graduating, Garrett set to work right away. From 2004 to 2010, he served as assistant prosecuting attorney for Jackson County, Missouri.
“As an assistant prosecuting attorney, I prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases of all types,” he said. “[I] was actively involved with community groups on behalf of the prosecutor’s office to improve community safety and develop the relationship between the community and the prosecutor’s office.”
Garrett served as an associate circuit judge in Jackson County from 2010 until 2013, when he was appointed to Division 2 of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County.
Garrett is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, Kansas Bar Association, American Bar Association, Jackson County Bar Association, and Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
At Baker, Garrett teaches a variety of courses, including Business Law and Governmental Regulation, Business Policy Analysis, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Strategic Leadership, The Legal Environment of Business, Strategic Planning for Competitive Organizations, Strategic Business Planning and Policy, American History, and Political Science. He has been teaching at Baker for nearly a decade.
“I love teaching because I love meeting new people and not only being the one to teach, but also learning from my students,” Garrett said. “One of the great benefits to teaching is the opportunity to expand world views by learning things from diverse and unique perspectives. Each student has vastly different work and life experiences, all of which provide teaching moments and opportunities for both myself and other students.”
Garrett finds the mentorship aspect of teaching to be especially rewarding.
“I really enjoy the interaction with students, seeing them develop their skills into becoming critical thinkers and watching them grow as professionals,” Garrett said. “Watching students make connections and enhance their competencies is a gratifying aspect of teaching.”
The classroom is just the beginning. Garrett wants his students to be able to make a real influence in the world.
“I hope that my students will take the lessons and experiences I’ve taught and shared with them to apply to real-world situations, enabling them to make an impact in their professions and communities.”