Gilda Daniels

Litigation Director, Advancement Project National Office

Portrait ofLitigation Director, Advancement Project National Office

Gilda Daniels is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She is a nationally recognized voting rights and election law expert.  She served as a Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section under the Clinton and Bush administrations.  Professor Daniels has almost two decades of litigation, negotiation and consulting experience in the substantive voting rights area.  She has investigated, negotiated and litigated cases involving the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the National Voter Registration Act and other voting statutes.  While a Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section,  she supervised, inter alia, the Tennessee NVRA case that continues to serve as a model for other NVRA actions and United States v. Berks County, PA, that was brought pursuant to Sections 2, 4(e), and 208 of the VRA.   As a law professor, she continues to stay involved and abreast of voting rights issues.  She has drafted and participated in amicus briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court, frequently consults on voting rights issues, and is well published.

Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of race law and democracy.   Her law review articles have appeared in Cardozo Law ReviewIndiana University Law Review (Indianapolis), Denver Law Review, New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy.  Her writings have also been published in the Huffington Post and various other publications.  She has been quoted in the Washington Post and interviewed for NPR’s All things Considered.

She is a sought after consultant and expert, as well as, a frequent contributor for media and conference panels.   She lectures on voting issues on university campuses and various organizations ranging from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the American Constitution Society to her local church.  Prior to beginning her voting rights career, Daniels was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights representing death row inmates and bringing prison condition cases in Georgia and Alabama.  She clerked in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit with the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett and is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Scholar and Grambling State University.  She has a website, that promotes her scholarship and voter education.