2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO 80309
Judge Wiley Y. Daniel
was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He received both
his undergraduate and law degrees from Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1995, when
Judge Daniel was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
by President Clinton, he became the first African American to serve on the Court. In 2008,
Judge Daniel became Chief Judge of the Court. After serving as Chief Judge for more than
four years, in 2013, Judge Daniel assumed Senior Judge status. Judge Daniel continues to
preside over a demanding case load. Judge Daniel enjoys all aspects of his job, especially
the trial of complex cases. From May 2009 to April 2011, Judge Daniel served as President of
the Federal Judges Association, a national organization of over 950 federal judges. From
August 2013 to April 2015, Judge Daniel was appointed as a special mediator for the City of
Detroit's bankruptcy proceeding. In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Judge Daniel sat by
designation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Daniel teaches courses in trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of
Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He also mentors law
students when they serve as interns in his chambers. Judge Daniel continues to be a frequent
lecturer at continuing legal education programs throughout the country.
Prior to the judgeship, Judge Daniel practiced law for 24 years with a specialty in civil litigation.
He was president of the Colorado Bar Association in 1992-1993, a past officer of other bar associations
including Sam Cary Bar Association, a past member of the Supreme Court Grievance Committee and an active
participant in bar and civic organizations throughout his career. From 1998 to 2003, Judge Daniel was a
Trustee of the American Inns of Court Foundation, an organization which promotes professionalism, ethics,
civility and excellence within the legal profession. Judge Daniel was the 2006 recipient of the American
Inns of Court Foundation Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Daniel was
honored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Nu Omega Chapter as a 2011 M.O.D.E.L. Award Honoree.
In February 2012, Judge Daniel was inducted into the "Blacks in Colorado" Hall of Fame due to his pioneering
professional achievements. In June 2013, Judge Daniel's current and former law clerks established the
Judge Wiley Y. Daniel Endowed Scholarship Fund at his alma mater, Howard University School of Law.
On October 18, 2013, Judge Daniel was awarded the King Trimble Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sam Cary Bar Association.
Lastly, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness within the legal profession, in 2015,
Judge Daniel was selected as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Legal Inclusiveness.