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Julie A. Nice

Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award - 2008

Professor Julie Nice serves as Delaney Chair and Professor of Law at the College of Law where she has been a member of the faculty since 1991. Her primary scholarly interests relate to constitutional law, including investigating the interaction between liberty and equality and examining the relationship between social movements and the development of constitutional law. She focuses much of her research on types of discrimination still widely defended, especially that based on poverty and sexuality. She is lead author of Poverty Law: Theory and Practice (West), which is used at many law schools across the country.

Professor Nice has received eight awards for her law teaching, including the University’s William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award in 2003 and the University’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award in 1999. Professor Nice also received the University’s Center for Multicultural Excellence Outstanding Advocate Award for 2003-04 and the Hughes Ruud Research Professorship for1998-99. She has taught as a Visiting Professor at University of Michigan Law School and University of Connecticut School of Law. Professor Nice regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Poverty Law, and Sexuality Law, and also has taught American Legal History, Administrative Law, and Civil Procedure.

Professor Nice received her undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University. She began her teaching career as a Clinical Fellow at Northwestern University. Prior to that, she was a public interest lawyer at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where she represented impoverished clients in federal and state litigation as well as community economic development transactions.