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The Hon. Charles Daniels

New Mexico Supreme Court
  • New Mexico
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Justice Charles Daniels was initially appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2007 on recommendation of the nonpartisan Judicial Nominating Commission. He was unopposed in the 2008 primary and general elections and was elected to continue in the position. In April of 2010, he was selected by his fellow Justices to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice.

Born in Arkansas, he has been a New Mexico resident since childhood. After graduating from high school, he served five years on active duty in the United States Air Force, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1966.

Justice Daniels received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the intercollegiate debate team and graduated magna cum laude; his law degree from the University of New Mexico, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review, won a position on the national moot court team and graduated first in his class; and a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from Georgetown University, where he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow.

During his 38 years as a lawyer, Justice Daniels combined frequent classroom teaching, primarily at the UNM School of Law, with an active courtroom practice in a wide range of civil and criminal cases. He served as chair of the Supreme Court's Evidence and Uniform Jury Instructions committees and as a member of its lawyer Disciplinary Board. He has been honored by the Albuquerque Bar Association with its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award, by the New Mexico Bar Association with its Quality of Life award, and by the Roscoe Pound Foundation with its National Trial Advocacy Teacher of the Year award.

Justice Daniels and his wife, attorney Randi McGinn, have four grown daughters, three grandsons, and three granddaughters. For relaxation, he plays bass guitar in a dance band and is a semiprofessional race car driver.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New Mexico
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Professional Experience
New Mexico Supreme Court
- Current
Chief Justice 2010-2012
Private Practice
Active Duty
United States Air Force
Honorable Discharge
University of New Mexico
Honors: graduated first in his class
Activities: editor-in-chief of the law review, won a position on the national moot court team
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University of Arizona
Honors: magna cum laude
Activities: member of the intercollegiate debate team
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Georgetown University
LL.M. | Trial advocacy
Honors: Prettyman Fellow
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Outstanding Lawyer of the Year award
Albuquerque Bar Association
Quality of Life award
New Mexico Bar Association
National Trial Advocacy Teacher of the Year
Roscoe Pound Foundation
Professional Associations
New Mexico State Bar
- Current
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Contact & Map
New Mexico Supreme Court
237 Don Gaspar Avenue
SANTA FE, NM 87501
Telephone: (505) 827-4860
Fax: (505) 827-4837