Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse
901 19th St., Rm A 1038
Denver, CO 80294
Phone: (303) 844-2170
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. Since 2008, Judge Daniel served as Chief Judge of the Court. On January 1, 2013 Judge Daniel became Senior Judge on the Court while stepping down as Chief Judge. Judge Daniel enjoys all aspects of his job, especially the trial of complex civil 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.
Judge Daniel teaches courses in trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He also mentors law students when they serve as interns in his chambers. Judge Daniel has been 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, 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. Additionally, in February 2012, Judge Daniel was inducted into the "Blacks in Colorado" Hall of Fame due to his pioneering professional achievements.
Judge Daniel is married to Ida S. Daniel, an educator, and has three grown daughters and two grandsons. He enjoys reading, spending time with his family, singing in the Gospel Choir at his church, playing bridge and hitting the links as a golfer.