United States District Court for the
District of Colorado
Born: Louisville, Kentucky-September 10, 1946
Education: Howard University (B.A. 1968, J.D 1971).
his appointment on June 30, 1995, Judge Daniel became the first
African-American to be appointed to the United States District Court
for the District of Colorado and only the second to be appointed in the
Tenth Circuit. He was appointed by President Clinton.
The importance of
education and hard work were instilled in Judge Daniel very early by
his parents, who were both educators. His father was a school principal
and his mother taught elementary school. Raised in the segregated
South, Judge Daniel was very well aware of the vital role that lawyers
played in the desegregation movement. This understanding, his belief
that lawyers strive to create a system of laws that promote fairness
and equality for all, and his overriding desire to help others,
motivated him to pursue a career in law.
attended Howard University for both his undergraduate and law degrees.
While at the law school, Daniel was the Managing Editor of the Howard
Law Journal and authored "Alternatives to Case-By-Case Attacks on
School Segregation," 16 Howard Law Journal 575 (1971).
He began his
legal career as an associate at the Detroit law firm of Dickinson,
Wright, Mckean & Cudlip (1971-1977), making him only the second
African-American attorney with the firm. Thereafter, he was an
associate and partner at Gorsuch, Kirgis (1977-1988) and later became a
shareholder and managing partner at Popham, Haik, Schnobrich &
Kaufman, Ltd. (1988-1995).
In addition to
practicing law, Judge Daniel has enjoyed teaching law. He was an
Adjunct Professor at both Detroit College of Law (1974-1977) and at the
University of Colorado School of Law (1977-1980). He has also been a
lecturer on issues concerning trial tactics and commercial law for the
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), Colorado Trial Lawyers
Association and various other organizations.
Daniel was president of the Colorado Bar Association in 1992-1993, a
past officer of other bar associations, a past member of the Supreme
Court Grievance Committee and has been active in bar and civic
organizations throughout his career. From
1998 to 2003, he was a Trustee of the American Inns of Court
Foundation, an organization which promotes professionalism, ethics and
civility within the legal profession. From 2000 to 2004, he served as
Chair of the Board of Trustees of Iliff School of Theology.
Daniel enjoys all aspects of his job, especially the trial of complex
civil cases. Judge Daniel presently serves on the Judicial Conference's
Committee on Judicial Resources, is chair of its Statistics
Subcommittee and is vice-president and a member of the executive
committee of the Federal Judges Association.
One of the people
who inspired Judge Daniel to become a federal judge was deceased
federal judge, Wade McCree. Judge Daniel recalls:
When I started as
a practitioner in 1971, I remember talking to Judge McCree, who
attended Fisk University with my father, about his experiences as a
federal judge. Judge McCree planted a seed that blossomed in the 1990's
when I realized I too had aspirations of sitting on the federal bench.
was realized with his appointment to the federal bench in 1995. Today,
Judge Daniel brings honesty, integrity, compassion and great vision to
his service as a United States District Court Judge for the District of
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