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Charles Daniels has spent more than 30 years representing clients — in criminal defense cases, business and securities litigations, civil rights cases and lawsuits impacting Constitutional law. On Nov. 9, he was sworn in as the newest member of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
"I've had a great opportunity to work for justice one client at a time," he said of his past career. "Now, I have an even more extraordinary opportunity."
Daniels is the son of Arkansas sharecroppers who never finished high school. He grew up in Albuquerque and after earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts at the University of Arizona, where he was completing his service in the U.S. Air Force, in 1969 he graduated first in his class at the University of New Mexico School of Law. In 1971, he earned an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center as an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow.
He returned to New Mexico and joined the faculty of his alma mater. He left full-time teaching in 1976 to establish the Albuquerque law firm now known as Freedman, Boyd, Daniels, Hollander, Goldberg & Ives, with two of his former students. He also continued teaching as an adjunct professor at the UNM law school until his appointment to the bench in October.
“Charles Daniels exemplifies the qualities necessary to serve on New Mexico's highest court,” Gov. Bill Richardson said in a press release.
Daniels also is well known for his interests outside the courtroom — car racing, playing guitar and singing in a band. He is married to Randi McGinn (`80), an Albuquerque lawyer.