The Honorable Vernon C.R. Daniels graduated from Doane College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He received his Master of Art Degree in Political Science and Doctor of Law Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is a recipient of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Scholarship and was a two time recipient of the Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship. In 2001, he was appointed by Governor Johanns to the bench of the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County, Nebraska. He is a member of the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts as well as a member of the Governor's Children's Task Force. He has served on the Supreme Court-Nebraska State Bar Association's Minority and Justice Task Force and serves as a current member of the Implementation Committee of that Task Force. Judge Daniels has also been a member of the steering committee of the "Building Bright Futures" initiative. He was a member of the Boy Scouts Diversion Program, the City of Omaha Race Relations Commission, and the Commission on Juvenile Diversion, Detention, and Probation Uniform Standards. He is a former Chairperson of the LB 1184 Treatment Team. In 2009, Governor Heineman appointed him to the Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice. He served for 3 years on the Legislation Committee of the Nebraska State Bar Association and is a current member of the Midlands Bar Association and American Bar Association. In 2006, he was elected to the Board of Trustees for Doane College where he serves on the Academic Affairs Committee. He is the recipient of the Nebraska State Bar Association's 2011 Diversity Award as well as their 2013 Award of Appreciation. He has been awarded the Child Saving Institute's 2011 A. W. Clark Award; the Urban League's 2012 Government Leader Award; and Charles Drew Health Center's 2012 Community Service Award. Judge Daniels heads the Scholars Program for high-risk youth at Monroe Middle School since 2012. He also enjoys mentoring new attorneys as well as law students at the University of Nebraska-College of Law and the Creighton University School of Law, where he currently serves as an Adjunct Professor. In 2014, Judge Daniels was selected as a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation.
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