Peter Nicolas

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William L. Dwyer Chair in Law
Professor of Law

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Representative Publications

Books or Treatises

Peter Nicolas, Evidence: A Problem-Based and Comparative Approach (4th ed. Carolina Academic Press 2018). 971 pages. [First published in 2005; includes statutory supplement and teacher's manual; supplemented annually.]

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 & Mike Strong, The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage & Relationship Recognition in America (The Story in Maps) (3d ed. Peter Nicolas and Mike Strong 2013). 36 pages.

Peter Nicolas, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Constitution (Carolina Academic Press 2012, annual supps.). 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, Electoral Evidence, 69 Ala. L. Rev. 109-67 (2017).

Peter Nicolas, Backdating Marriage, 105 Calif. L. Rev. 395-441 (2017).

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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