Judge Wiley Daniel

Adjunct Faculty

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309
E-mail: wiley.daniel@colorado.edu

Educational Background:
J.D.   Howard University   1971  
B.A.   Howard University   1968  
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.


Fall 2017 Trial Advocacy LAWS 6109-001
Fall 2016 Trial Advocacy LAWS 6109-001
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