Hon. Charles Daniels


Born in Arkansas, Justice Daniels has been a New Mexico resident since childhood. After graduating from high school, he served five years on active duty in the United States Air Force, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1966. Justice Daniels and his wife, attorney and author Randi McGinn, have four grown daughters, four grandsons, and three granddaughters. For relaxation, he plays bass guitar in a blues-rock band and is a semiprofessional race car driver.


Justice Daniels received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the intercollegiate debate team and graduated magna cum laude; his law degree from the University of New Mexico, where he was editor-in-chief of the law review, won a position on the national moot court team and graduated first in his class; and a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from Georgetown University, where he was selected to be a Prettyman Fellow.

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Appointment History

New Mexico Supreme Court 10/01/07 - 01/01/19