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New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Charles Daniels will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Commencement at the University of New Mexico School of Law. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17th at the back patio of the Law School.
Daniels earned his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1969. While at the Law School, he was editor-in-chief of the law review, won a position on the national moot court team and graduated first in his class. Daniels received a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from Georgetown University, where he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow.
During his 44 years as a lawyer, Daniels has been a law professor and a practicing attorney. He taught at the UNM School of Law for six years. After leaving the faculty, Daniels combined frequent classroom teaching, primarily at the UNM School of Law, with an active courtroom practice in a wide range of civil and criminal cases.
Leo Romero, Professor Emeritus and former dean of the UNM Law School, has known Daniels for a long time and says he is a man for all seasons. "Justice Daniels is an accomplished teacher, lawyer and jurist," says Romero. "He also plays guitar in a rock band and is a racecar driver. He’s also an excellent speaker and is sure to make commencement one to remember."
Daniels was initially appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2007 on the recommendation of the nonpartisan Judicial Nominating Commission. He was unopposed in the 2008 primary and general elections and was elected to continue in the position. In April of 2010, he was selected by his fellow Justices to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice.
Small class size, renowned faculty, collegial environment, and reasonable tuition rates make the UNM School of Law one of the best educational values in the country. The Law School offers the Juris Doctor (JD) program and certificates in Indian Law and in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. New Mexico's only law school offers a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio and is known nationwide for its pioneering, required Clinical Law Program. Frequently rated as one of the most popular and most diverse law schools in the country, the UNM Law School is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).