please join us!
vlp advocates 15th anniversary luncheon
dean gene nichol
university of north carolina school of law
boyd tinsley distinguished professor of law / /
director of the center on poverty, work & opportunity
tuesday, april 1, 2014 / /
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
university of arizona james e.
rogers college of law / / main
1201 e. speedway blvd. / /
tucson, az 85721
all past and present vlp advocates who are still law
students are invited to attend the event.
about dean gene nichol
gene nichol is boyd tinsley distinguished professor and
director of the center on poverty, work and opportunity. he
teaches courses in constitutional law and federal courts.
from 2005-2008, nichol was the 26th president of the college
of william and mary. he was burton craige professor and dean
of the law school at unc from 1999-2005; law dean at the
university of colorado from 1988-1995; and james cutler
professor and director of the bill of rights institute at
william & mary from 1985-1988. nichol founded the byron
white center of constitutional law at the university of
colorado and the center for civil rights at unc.
nichol is co-author of federal courts (west, 2d edition,
2011)(with wells, marshall & yackle) and contributing author
of where we stand: voices of southern dissent (newsouth,
2004). he has published articles and essays in the supreme
court review, and the harvard, yale, chicago, michigan,
pennsylvania, california, duke and virginia law reviews.
from 1998-1999, he was a political columnist for the
denver-rocky mountain news. he's been a monthly op-ed writer
for the raleigh news & observer for over a decade; and he is
author of "seeing the invisible" a year-long series on north
carolina poverty for the news & observer appearing
throughout 2013. his editorials are occasionally distributed
nationally by the american forum. he also writes frequently
for the progressive populist; and has published in the
washington post, the nation, and the chronicle of higher
education. from 1994-1995, he was host of a public affairs
television show, culture wars, for kbdi in denver.
nichol has been significantly involved in public affairs. in
1991, he was appointed special master by a three-judge
federal court in colorado to mediate a redistricting dispute
between the governor and the legislature. the accord was
ratified by statute. a year later he helped lead the
colorado reapportionment commission. he chaired (2004) the
north carolina bi-partisan commission on lobbying reform.
legislation was passed enacting commission recommendations.
he ran unsuccessfully for national political office while in
colorado. he has been elected to membership in the american
law institute and the american bar foundation fellows.
in 2003, nichol received the aba's edward finch award for
delivering the nation's best law day address. in 2004, he
was named carolina's pro bono professor of the year. the
next year, governor easley inducted nichol into the order of
the long leaf pine, north carolina's highest civilian honor;
and equal justice works named him pro bono law school dean
of the year. in 2008, he received oklahoma state
university's distinguished alumnus award; the "courage to do
justice award" from the national employment lawyers
association; and the thomas jefferson award, for courage in
the defense of religious liberty, from the military
religious freedom foundation. in 2013, nichol received the
"faith active in public life" award from the north carolina
council of churches, the nc-aclu named him recipient of its
w.w. finlator award, and the university of north carolina
gave him its prestigious thomas jefferson award.
nichol attended oklahoma state university, where he received
a degree in philosophy (1973) and played varsity football.
he obtained his j.d. from the university of texas,
graduating order of the coif, in 1976.