Daniel A. Vigil graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1982. He clerked for a Denver District Court Judge and then went into private practice. In 1984 he began teaching at the University of Colorado School of Law. He later became an Associate Dean at the Law School. Dean Vigil has taught Criminal Law, Legal Method, Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy and Water Law; he currently teaches Legal Ethics as an adjunct at the Sturm College of Law. In 1998 he received the University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement in Education. In 2003 Professor Vigil left the University of Colorado School of Law and began teaching at the Sturm College of Law where he is currently Assistant Dean Emeritus.
Dean Vigil is a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee, a former commissioner of the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Commission on the Legal Profession and a former Trustee for the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Fund for Client Protection. He was also a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council. He is a past President of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and a former chairman of the Colorado Lottery Commission. He served many years as a member of the Board of Directors of Colorado Legal Services, 10 of those years as Chairman. Dean Vigil is a past President of the Boulder Bar Foundation and a former chairman of the Legal Education and Admissions Committee of the Colorado Bar Association. Mr.Vigil has served two terms on the Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors, and one term on its Executive Committee. In 2007 Mr.Vigil was recognized by the Colorado Supreme Court for outstanding contribution and service to the citizens of Colorado, the legal profession and the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2008 the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award, the Association’s highest honor. Dean Vigil was voted Outstanding Administrator of the Year in 2012 by Denver Law Students.
Dean Vigil has presented numerous lectures, speeches, and continuing legal education programs throughout the state and nation.