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Charles W. Daniels
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Current Court Information:
New Mexico Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Gov. Bill Richardson
Active:   2007-2018
Chief:   2010-2012
Preceded by:   Pamela B. Minzner
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Party:   Democratic
Undergraduate:   University of Arizona
Law School:   University of New Mexico
Military service:   U.S. Air Force

Charles W. Daniels is a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court. He was appointed by Democratic Governor Bill Richardson in October of 2007, to fill to term of the deceased Pamela Minzner. That term ended December 31, 2010, and Daniels was elected to finish it in 2008. Daniels served as chief justice from 2010 until 2012.[1][2] In 2010, he was retained for another eight-year term.[3]


Daniels received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. He earned his J.D. from the University of New Mexico. He also holds a Master of Law degree in Trial Advocacy.[4][5]


Daniels has primarily worked as a private practice lawyer throughout his career. While practicing law, he taught at the University of New Mexico School of Law.[4]

Awards and associations


  • Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award, Albuquerque Bar Association
  • Quality of Life Award, New Mexico Bar Association
  • National Trial Advocacy Teacher of the Year Award, Roscoe Pound Foundation[4]



See also: New Mexico judicial elections, 2010

Justice Daniels was retained to the Supreme Court on November 2, 2010 by 72.9 percent of voters.[6]


Daniels ran uncontested for election to the seat he was appointed to in 2007 in the November 2008 general election.[7]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Daniels received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -1.49, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of -1.18 that justices received in New Mexico. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[8]

See also

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