Hon. George B. Daniels was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 24, 2000. With the support of both New York Senators Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Charles E. Schumer, Judge Daniels was nominated by President Clinton for the Federal bench on August 6, 1999.
Judge Daniels is a 1971 graduate of Suffield Academy. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Yale University in 1975. He obtained law degree in 1978 from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He has been admitted to practice law as a member of the New York, California, New Jersey, and District of Columbia Bars.
Judge Daniels began his legal career in 1978 as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York. In 1980, he clerked for Chief Justice Rose E. Bird, of the California Supreme Court. From 1981 - 1983, he was a litigation associate with the New York Law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He served as a federal prosecutor with the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1983 - 1989.
In 1989, Judge Daniels was appointed a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor Edward I. Koch. In 1990, Judge Daniels stepped down from the bench to serve as Counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York David N. Dinkins. In 1993, Judge Daniels was re-appointed a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York by Mayor David N. Dinkins. In 1995, Judge Daniels was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.
Judge Daniels is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. He has also served as a trial advocacy instructor at the United States Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Hofstra Law School, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania, for lawyers and magistrates in Liberia, and has taught intellectual property to Judges from the South African region in Namibia. He was a co- author of Greenberg, Marcus, et al., New York Criminal Law [West Publishing Co.,1996]
Judge Daniels currently serves as a committee member of the Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives of the New York City Bar Association. He is also a member of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities of the New York State Unified Court System, and a member of the Suffield Academy Board of Trustees. He is a former Vice President of the New York City Bar Association and served on the Board of Directors of the New York City Bar Fund.