Daniel P. Collins

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Daniel P. Collins
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Education Harvard College (AB)
Stanford Law School (JD)

Daniel Paul Collins is a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson and a nominee to be a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Early life and career[edit]

Collins earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Harvard College.[1] He received his Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School in 1988, where he served on the Stanford Law Review.[2][3] After graduating from law school, Collins served as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy Wright Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1991–1992 term, where he was a co-clerk with Jeffrey Sutton.

Collins then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California and as an attorney-advisor in the United States Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.[4] He later served as an Associate United States Deputy Attorney General and in that role participated substantially in the drafting of the PROTECT Act of 2003.[5] Collins then joined Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he is currently a partner.[6] In 2007, he was considered but not chosen for the position of United States Attorney for the Central District of California.[7] In 2009, he represented Phillip Morris in opposing a ban on tobacco sales in drug stores in San Francisco.[8] In 2017, he served on the Federal Courts Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules.[9]

Nomination to court of appeals[edit]

On October 10, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Collins to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[6][10] On October 11, 2018, Senator Diane Feinstein announced the White House had not consulted her on the nomination, and she would oppose Senate confirmation of Collins and two other circuit court nominees.[11][12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'85 Assembly Reps Upset After Meeting". Harvard Crimson. October 7, 1981. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Reunion-class of 2008, 1988". Stanford Law School. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Board of editors masthead-Vol 40" (PDF). Stanford Law Review. 1988. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  4. ^ United States Congressional Serial Set, Serial No. 14811, Senate Reports Nos. 1–39. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. February 11, 2003. The committee heard testimony from Daniel P. Collins, Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief Privacy Officer, U.S. Department of Justice.
  5. ^ "Stopping Child Pornography: Protecting our Children and the Constitution". U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee. October 2, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Eighteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Thirteenth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees". whitehouse.gov. October 10, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ Weinstein, Henry; Krikorian, Greg (January 18, 2007). "Judge is in race for U.S. attorney job". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  8. ^ Egelko, Bob (August 13, 2009). "Judges don't buy theory in S.F. tobacco-ban case". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Capra, Daniel J. (2017). "The Phillip D. Reed Lecture Series: Conference on Possible Amendments to Federal Rules of Evidence 404(b), 807, and 801(D)(1)(a)". Fordham L. Rev. 85 (4): 517. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Egelko, Bob (October 11, 2018). "President Trump nominates 3 to Court of Appeals in San Francisco". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Swayer, Alex (October 11, 2018). "Dianne Feinstein says White House didn't consult on judicial nominees". Washington Times. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  12. ^ Wire, Sarah D. (October 11, 2018). "California Senators Will Try to Block White House Judicial Nominees for the 9th Circuit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Cadei, Emily; Irby, Kate (October 11, 2018). "Trump defies California senators with 9th Circuit judge nominations". McClatchydc.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.

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