Professor Nicolas joined the UW law school faculty in 2000 following a clerkship with Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where he served on the editorial board of the Harvard Law Review and actively participated in moot court. His teaching and research interests include evidence, federal courts, international civil litigation, conflict of laws, constitutional law, and sexual orientation law.
Professor Nicolas is the author of an evidence textbook, a series of books comparing the federal rules of evidence with those of Florida, Texas, and New York, and numerous law review articles in the areas of federal courts, evidence, and constitutional law.
Professor Nicolas' books have been adopted for classroom use at law schools nationwide, including: Albany Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Florida A & M University, Florida State University, Golden Gate University, Gonzaga University, Northern Illinois University, Nova Southeastern University, South Texas College of Law, Southern Methodist University, St. John's University, Stetson University, Texas Southern University (Thurgood Marshall), University of Chicago, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, University of Houston, University of Miami, University of Montana, University of Washington, William Mitchell College of Law, and Yeshiva University (Cardozo).
Professor Nicolas' scholarship has been cited by numerous courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits, as well as lower federal and state courts in Indiana, New York and Tennessee.
From 2008 - 2010, Professor Nicolas served as Associate Dean of the UW law school. His responsibilities in that capacity included faculty career development; curriculum delivery (including course scheduling and teaching assignments); appointing faculty committees and serving as a liaison to the academic standards, admissions, and curriculum committees; supervising the Director of Academic Services and the Director of Academic Advising; honor code enforcement; and working closely with the Dean and other members of the law school's leadership on all aspects of institutional development and planning.
Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Professor Nicolas was a Research Economist at the University of Michigan and served for two, two-year terms as a member of the Ann Arbor, Michigan, City Council. He is a member of the bars of New York, U.S. District Court of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.