Paul Danielson

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Paul Danielson
Court Information:
Arkansas Supreme Court
Title:   Associate Justice
Position:   Position 5
Salary:  $148,000
Active:   2006-2016
Past position:   Judge, Arkansas Fifteenth Circuit
Past term:   1994-2006
Past position 2:   Attorney in private practice
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Florida State University, 1968
Law School:   University of Arkansas School of Law, 1975

Paul Danielson is an associate justice of the seven member Arkansas Supreme Court. He was elected to his first eight-year term on the court in 2006. His current term will expire in 2016.[1][2]


Justice Danielson earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 1968 and his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1975.[2]


Justice Danielson began his career as a law clerk to Associate Justice Frank Holt of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He then worked as a Booneville City attorney. He then worked as a private practice lawyer for 18 years. He has also worked as the deputy processing attorney for the 6th and 15th Judicial Districts. He served 12 years on the bench as a circuit judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit. He has also served as an instructor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.[2]

Awards and associations


  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, Outstanding Trial Judge of the Year for Arkansas, 2002-2003


  • Member, Arkansas Judicial Council
  • Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • Past Chairman, Supreme Court Liaison Committee
  • Member, Arkansas Judicial Council
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association Liaison Committee
  • Member, Legislative Liaison Committee
  • Chair, Committee on the Pilot Program for Electronic Filing of Briefs in the Appellate Courts
  • Chair, Exploratory Committee on the Pilot Program for Appellate Mediation[3]



Danielson was elected to a full term on the supreme court in 2008 after running unopposed.[4]


Arkansas Supreme Court, Associate Justice, Position 5
2006 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Paul Danielson Green check mark transparent.png 177,406 57.2%
Wendell Griffen 132,789 42.8%
  • Click here for 2006 General Election Results from the Arkansas Secretary of State.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Danielson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.45, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is less liberal than the average CF score of -0.48 that justices received in Arkansas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[5]

Financial disclosure

See also: Center for Public Integrity Study on State Supreme Court Disclosure Requirements

A 2013 study by the Center for Public Integrity on financial disclosure requirements for state supreme court justices found that, in a 2012 case, Danielson wrote an opinion in favor of XTO Energy, a natural gas company from which his wife earned between $1,001 and $12,499 in 2012. Danielson said that his wife earned the income in the form of gas and oil royalties tied to land she inherited from her family, adding, "It certainly wasn't going to affect my decision."[6]

Arkansas earned an "F" in the study.[6]

See also

External links


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