“While you may never get to have a mansion if you stay in the government, there are other things in life that are important, and one of them is just working for the common good,” Baron said.
As he settles into his new role with Drinker Biddle & Reath, his role will “fill a niche” as a consultant between government and private companies, all working to create an online space for White House and federal agency records.
He continues to serve as adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, where he teaches graduate and doctoral courses.
An avid hiker, he still remembers fondly a long-ago trip to Machu Picchu in Peru as extremely centering.
“Coming to Machu Picchu was like a movie set. I sat there for hours. It clears the mind and is just a wonderful experience to be in such an exotic spot on the Earth,” Baron said, noting he always seizes the opportunity to take an extra day for hiking when time allows. While in Washington, there’s one place that still centers him amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
“When I would leave NARA and DOJ and walk out to Pennsylvania Avenue at night and turn to the East and look at the Capitol, there’s still a clutch that goes through me 30 years later,” he said. “I still feel that this is sort of the center of the universe. I really believe that one can make a difference in Washington if you work really hard.”
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.