Peter Nicolas

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Professor of Law
William L. Dwyer Chair in Law

Phone: (206) 685-2459

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Representative Publications

Books or Treatises

Peter Nicolas & Mike Strong, The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage & Relationship Recognition in America (The Story in Maps) (5th ed. Peter Nicolas and Mike Strong 2014). 36 pages. [First published in 2011.]

Peter Nicolas, Evidence: A Problem-Based and Comparative Approach (rev. 3d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2014). 888 pages. [First published in 2005; includes statutory supplement and teacher's manual; supplemented annually.]

Peter Nicolas, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Constitution (Carolina Academic Press 2012). 612 pages.

Peter Nicolas, Florida and Federal Evidence Rules, 2012-2013 (Aspen Publishers 2012). 426 pages. [First published in 2006.]

Peter Nicolas, New York and Federal Evidence Rules, 2012-2013 (Aspen Publishers 2012). 374 pages. [First published in 2007.]

Peter Nicolas, Texas and Federal Evidence Rules, 2009-2010 (Aspen Publishers 2009). 336 pages. [First published in 2006.]

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Peter Nicolas, Backdating Marriage, Cal. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

Peter Nicolas, Fundamental Rights in a Post-Obergefell World, 27 Yale J. L. & Feminism 331-61 (2016).

Peter Nicolas, Obergefell's Squandered Potential, 6 Cal. L. Rev. Cir. 137-44 (2015).

Peter Nicolas, Saving an Old Friend from Extinction: A Proposal to Amend Rather Than to Abrogate the Ancient Documents Hearsay Exception, 63 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 172-85 (2015).

Peter Nicolas, Gayffirmative Action: The Constitutionality of Sexual Orientation-Based Affirmative Action Policies, 92 Wash. U. L. Rev. 733-92 (2015).

Peter Nicolas,  Straddling the Columbia: A Constitutional Law Professor's Musings on Circumventing Washington State's Criminal Prohibition on Compensated Surrogacy, 89 Wash. L. Rev. 1235-1309 (2014).

Peter Nicolas, The Sneetches as an Allegory for the Gay Rights Struggle: Three Prisms, 58 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 525-45 (2013-14).

Peter Nicolas, Gay Rights, Equal Protection, and the Classification-Framing Quandary, 21 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 329-79 (2014).

Peter Nicolas, Common Law Same-Sex Marriage, 43 Conn. L. Rev. 931-47 (2011).

Peter Nicolas, But What If the Court Reporter Is Lying? The Right to Confront Hidden Declarants Found in Transcripts of Former Testimony, 2010 BYU L. Rev. 1149-93 (2010).

Peter Nicolas, The Lavender Letter: Applying the Law of Adultery to Same-Sex Couples and Same-Sex Conduct, 63 Fla. L. Rev. 97-127 (2010).

Peter Nicolas, "I'm Dying to Tell You What Happened": The Admissibility of Testimonial Dying Declarations Post-Crawford, 37 Hastings Const. L.Q. 487-551 (2010).

Peter Nicolas, Left Hand, Third Finger: The Wearing of Wedding (or Other) Rings as a Form of Assertive Conduct under the Hearsay Rule, 30 Women's Rts. L. Rep. 526-42 (2009).

Peter Nicolas, Nine, of Course: A Dialogue on Congressional Power to Set by Statute the Number of Justices on the Supreme Court, 2 N.Y.U. J. L. & Liberty 86-130 (2006).

Peter Nicolas, De Novo Review in Deferential Robes?: A Deconstruction of the Standard of Review of Evidentiary Errors in the Federal System, 54 Syracuse L. Rev. 531-98 (2004).

Peter Nicolas, "They Say He's Gay": The Admissibility of Evidence of Sexual Orientation, 37 Ga. L. Rev. 793-892 (2003).

Peter Nicolas, American-Style Justice in No Man's Land, 36 Ga. L. Rev. 895-1073 (2002).

Peter Nicolas, Fighting the Probate Mafia: A Dissection of the Probate Exception to Federal Court Jurisdiction, 74 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1479-1547 (2001).

Peter Nicolas, The Use of Preclusion Doctrine, Antisuit Injunctions, and Forum Non Conveniens Dismissals in Transnational Intellectual Property Litigation, 40 Va. J. Int'l L. 331-404 (1999).

Case Comment, The Supreme Court, 1997 Term -- Leading Cases -- Federal Statutes and Regulations -- Americans with Disabilities Act -- Asymptomatic HIV, 112 Harv. L. Rev. 283-93 (1998).

Recent Case, Criminal Procedure -- Venue -- Third Circuit Finds Venue for Firearms Charge Improper in District Where Only Predicate Offense Occurred -- United States v. Palma-Ruedas, 111 Harv. L. Rev. 1134-39 (1998).

Kenneth E. Warner, George A. Fulton, Peter Nicolas & Donald Grimes, Employment Implications of Declining Tobacco Product Sales for the Regional Economies of the United States, 275 J. Am. Med. Ass'n 1241-46 (1996).


Hugh Spitzer & Peter Nicolas, Op-Ed, Arlene's Flowers Case Judge Got It Right, News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (Dec. 18, 2015).

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