Danyel Rickman went to Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and graduated in 2011. She majored in Spanish and Anthropology. At Transylvania, she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and served as a Student Orientation Leader her junior and senior year. She moved to Newport, KY in 2012 to begin law school at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She graduated in 2015. While in law school she was involved with the Black Law Student Association and served as a Student Ambassador to the Office of Admissions. Rickman was Executive Editor of the Freedom Center Journal for the 2014-2015 school year. During law school she interned with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, served as Certified Legal Fellow at the Brandery Fellow and also completed an internship at Ohio National Financial Services. She was a research assistant to the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and served as a Student Assistant to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. In August 2015, she began a clerkship in bankruptcy court with Judge Jeffery P. Hopkins, Chief Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. She was sworn into the Ohio Bar in November 2015.
In 2015, Rickman received the Outstanding Law Student Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. She is currently serving as Trustee for the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is also a member of the Black Lawyer’s Association of Cincinnati and serves on its Scholarship Committee.
Danyel Rickman is from Nashville, TN but now lives in Taylor Mill, KY with her husband and two dogs.