Joe Baird is a partner in the Boise, Idaho law firm of Baird Hanson Williams LLP, which firm has permitted more mining projects in Idaho than any other law firm. Mr. Baird provides environmental and mining counsel to a wide variety of New York Stock Exchange, Toronto Stock Exchange and venture capital mineral companies, including base and precious metal production companies, industrial mineral producers, exploration programs and mineral land management companies.
Prior to the establishment of the law firm of Baird Hanson Williams LLP in June 1997, Mr. Baird was a partner in the Idaho law firm of Givens Pursley and Elam & Burke. Before moving to Idaho in 1988, Mr. Baird practiced mining and environmental law in Colorado for seven years, where he was Associate General Attorney with Union Pacific Resources Company and an attorney with the Holland & Hart law firm. Mr. Baird is a member of the Colorado and Idaho State Bars. Mr. Baird graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. He clerked for Exxon Minerals Company, USA in 1980 and the American Mining Congress in 1979. Prior to law school, Mr. Baird was with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University in 1976, with majors in Geology and Political Science.
Mr. Baird has served in several officer positions and as a trustee for the Northwest Mining Association, the largest mining organization in the United States with extensive contacts within the mining industry and state and federal governments, and which continues to lobby for the mining industry in the United States. His professional memberships also include the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (formerly as a Trustee at Large) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
As the CuMo Project advances, the priority for development switches from simple exploration to the environmental and permitting areas of development. The addition of Mr. Baird to the Board would provide the expertise required to navigate the permitting and environmental hurdles as well as develop contacts through the U.S. and Idaho.