Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity
- J.D. (Order of the Coif), University of Texas at Austin (1976)
Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor of law and Director of the
Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina.
From 2005-2008, he was president of the College of William and Mary.
Nichol was Burton Craige professor and dean of the law school at UNC
(1999-2005); law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995); and Cutler
professor and director of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Institute
is co-author of FEDERAL COURTS (West, 2011) and contributor to WHERE WE STAND:
Voices of Southern Dissent (NewSouth, 2008). He’s published articles in the
Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, Duke and Virginia law
reviews. He has been a political columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and
hosted a public affairs television show, Culture Wars, for KBDI in Denver.
He's been a monthly op-ed writer for the Raleigh News & Observer for
over a dozen years. He
publishes regularly in The Progressive Populist and has written for The Nation and the Washington Post. He is executive producer of the documentary, "A Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina from the 1920s-1972 (UNC-TV, 2015).
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, Nichol was inducted into the Order of the
Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor; and Equal Justice
Works named him Pro Bono Law 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, the NC Council of
Churches gave Nichol its Faith Active in Public Life Award; the NC-ACLU named
him its W.W. Finlator Award winner; and the University of North Carolina gave
him its Thomas Jefferson Award – the university’s highest faculty honor. In
2014, he received the McCall Teaching Award from the UNC Law School.
attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a degree in philosophy (1973) and
playing varsity football. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Texas in
1976, graduating Order of the Coif.
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A Tar Heel Manifesto, PROGRESSIVE POPULIST, May 1, 2014. [Document Link]
Rankings, Economic Challenge, and the Future of Legal Education, 61 J. LEGAL EDUC. 345 (2012). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein, Document Link]
State Budget Challenges and the Scourge of Poverty, 7 DUKE J. CONST. L. & PUB. POL'Y 71 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link]
Not a Winn-Win: The Establishment Clause and Taxpayer Standing, 2011 SUP. CT. REV. 215 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN]
Wages, Work, Privilege, and
Legal Education 5 HARV. L. & POL'Y REV. 1 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, Document Link]
Book Review, Establishing Inequality (reviewing Martha Nussbaum, LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE: IN DEFENSE OF AMERICA'S TRADITION OF RELIGIOUS EQUALITY (2008)), 107 MICH. L. REV. 913 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein KF4783 .N87 2008]
Ripeness and the Constitution, 54 U. CHI. L. REV. 153 (1987). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
Injury and the Disintegration of Article III, 74 CAL. L. REV. 1915 (1986). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
Abusing Standing: A Comment on Allen v. Wright, 133 U. PA. L. REV. 635 (1985). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
Rethinking Standing, 72 CAL. L. REV. 68 (1984) (reprinted in LOUIS FISHER, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (1990) and THOMAS O. SARGENTICH, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW ANTHOLOGY (1994)). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]