Noelle van Baaren was born and raised in Orange, New Jersey. She graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She worked for several years in education before being admitted to Rutgers Law School in Newark as a Ralph Bunche Fellow.
While at Rutgers Law she served as an associate editor for the Race and the Law Review Journal and a CLiME fellow for the Center on Law Inequity & Metropolitan Equity where she published an article on The Persistence of Exclusionary Zoning in New Jersey. She also assisted in researching the now published book The Price of Paradise: The Cost of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America. Noelle graduated Cum Laude in 2013.
Since graduating she has been working for small firm practicing, municipal, criminal, family, and real estate law. She has filed successful appeals and secured the continued freedom of a prominent Rutgers player. She has been an of counsel attorney with Hunt, Hamlin, & Ridley since 2017.