Visiting Assistant Professor
Civil Rights Clinic, Clinical Program
Nicole B. Godfrey is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Civil Rights Clinic (CRC). From 2015-2018, Nicole served as the Clinical Teaching Fellow in the CRC, earning an LL.M. in clinical legal education in May 2018. Nicole received her M.A. in International Human Rights from the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies, her J.D. from Denver Law, and her B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. After law school, Nicole worked as a staff attorney for Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York before returning to Colorado to co-found an organization dedicated to protecting the constitutional rights of prisoners confined in Colorado. For this work, Nicole was a co-recipient of the 2013 Progressive Young Leadership Award from the Colorado Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Prior to joining the faculty at DU Law, Nicole worked as an associate attorney at the Denver civil rights firm of Killmer, Lane & Newman, LLP (KLN). Her practice at KLN focused on law enforcement misconduct, employment discrimination, and prisoners’ rights. Nicole’s scholarship focuses on the law of incarceration, and her work appears in the Nebraska Law Review, Seattle University Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Akron Law Review, Arizona State Law Journal Online, Denver Law Review Online, and is forthcoming in the Arkansas Law Review and the Correctional Mental Health Report.
- LLM, 2018, University of Denver
- MA, 2013, University of Denver
- JD, 2009, University of Denver
- BA, 2004, Boston University
- Punishing People with Mental Illness, ___ Correctional Mental Health Report ___ (2021) (forthcoming).
- Creating Cautionary Tales: Institutional, Judicial, and Societal Indifference to the Lives of Incarcerated Individuals, 74 Ark. L. Rev. ___ (2021) (forthcoming).
- Covid-19 in American Prisons: Solitary Confinement is Not the Solution (with Laura L. Rovner), 2 Ariz. St. L. J. Online 127 (2020).
- “Inciting a Riot”: Silent Sentinels, Group Protests, and Prisoners’ Petition and Associational Rights, 43 Seattle L. Rev. 1113 (2020).
- Institutional Indifference, 98 Or. L. Rev. 151 (2020).
- Suffragist Prisoners and the Importance of Protecting Prisoner Protests, 53 Akron L. Rev. 279 (2019).
- Holding Federal Prison Officials Accountable: The Case for Recognizing a Damages Remedy for Federal Prisoners’ Free Exercise Claims, 96 Neb. L. Rev. 924 (2018).
- Chapman v. Bureau of Prisons: Stopping the Venue Merry-Go-Round (with Danielle C. Jefferis), 96 Denv. L. Rev. Online 9 (2018).