Peter Nicolas

  • Professor of Law

Contact

Phone: (206) 685-2459
Email: pnicolas@uw.edu

Peter Nicolas

Education

B.A. 1991, M.P.P. 1992, University of Michigan J.D. 1999, Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Affirmative Action — Civil Rights — Constitutional Law — Evidence — Federal Courts — First Amendment — LGBTQ Rights — Religion and the Law — Reproductive Rights

Recent Courses

LAW A 592 Constitutional Law II
LAW B 503 Evidence
LAW B 506 Conflicts Of Laws
LAW B 513 Advanced Evidence
LAW B 590 Constitutional Law: Current and Future Issues Seminar

Selected Papers

  • Peter Nicolas, Electoral Evidence, 69 Ala. L. Rev. 109-67 (2017).

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

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

— See the expanded list below or visit this faculty member's SSRN Author Page for more publications.


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. His teaching and research interests include evidence, federal courts, international civil litigation, conflict of laws, constitutional law, and sexual orientation law.

Professor Nicolas is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of evidence, federal courts, and sexual orientation law. He is the author of an evidence textbook, as well as a textbook on sexual orientation, gender identity, and the constitution. He has also authored nearly two dozen law review articles in the fields of federal courts, evidence, and constitutional law.

Professor Nicolas's scholarship has been cited by countless scholars and dozens of federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He has served as a consultant on cases nationwide involving efforts to backdate same-sex marriages, and he has been invited to lecture to both state and federal judges on the nuances of evidence law.

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.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

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, Evidence: A Problem-Based and Comparative Approach (3d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2011). 839 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) (2d ed. Peter Nicolas 2011). 42 pages. [First published in 2011.]

  • Peter Nicolas, Statutory Supplement to Evidence (3d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2011). 261 pages. [First published in 2005.]

  • Peter Nicolas, New York and Federal Evidence Rules, 2009-2010 (Aspen Publishers 2009). 345 pages. [First published in 2007; supplemented annually.]

  • Peter Nicolas, Florida and Federal Evidence Rules, 2009-2010 (Aspen Publishers 2009). 392 pages. [First published in 2006; supplemented annually.]

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

  • Peter Nicolas, Statutory Supplement to Evidence (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2009). 206 pages.

  • Peter Nicolas, Florida and Federal Evidence Rules with Commentary (2007-08 ed. Aspen Publishers 2007 & 2008-09 Supp.) 1 vol.

  • Peter Nicolas, Texas and Federal Evidence Rules with Commentary (2007-08 ed. Aspen Publishers 2007 & 2008-09 Supp.). 316 pages.

  • Peter Nicolas, New York and Federal Evidence Rules with Commentary: 2007-2008 (Aspen Publishers 2007 & 2008-09 Supp.). 342 pages.

  • Peter Nicolas, Statutory Supplement to Evidence (Carolina Academic Press 2005). 238 pages.

  • Peter Nicolas, Evidence: Problems, cases & Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2005). 750 pages.

News Media

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

Other Publications

  • Peter Nicolas, Comments on pending proposed amendments to the U.S. Federal Rules of Evidence, letter to Peter G. McCabe, Secretary, Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Judicial conference of the United States.

  • Speaker, "The Federalization of Family Law", Meeting, Washington Superior Judges’ Association (April 8, 2018)

  • Speaker, "Evidence: The Admissibility of Electronic Information under the Federal Rules", 2017 National Workshop for Magistrate Judges I, Federal Judicial Center (April 3, 2017)

  • Panelist, "Setting the Post-Obergefell Agenda", Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (January 6, 2017)