Former Law Dean Nichol
Now Heading Poverty Center
TWork and Opportunity, created in position he left in February 2008 amid
2005 and originally led by former controversy. He previously served as law
he law school’s Center on Poverty, of William & Mary in Williamsburg,Va., a
U.S. Sen. John R. Edwards ’ 77 (JD), is now dean at the University of Colorado (1988-
directed by Gene Nichol, former dean of 95) and as the James Gould Cutler Profes-the school. sor and director of the Institute of Bill of
Nichol has succeeded Marion Crain, Rights Law at William & Mary (1985-88).
who left the school last summer for a posi- Nichol founded the Byron White Center
tion on the law faculty at Washington Uni- of Constitutional Law at the University of
versity in St. Louis. Colorado.
Nichol has written and taught exten- UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work and
sively in the areas of constitutional law, fed- Opportunity was developed to address the
eral courts, civil rights, economic injustice needs of people living at or below the
and election law. poverty level, to provide a nonpartisan
“Nichol is well-suited to lead this cen- interdisciplinary forum to examine innovater,” said Dean Jack Boger. “He is a remark- tive and practical ideas to move more
able scholar and an energetic leader who Americans out of poverty, to raise public
cares deeply about issues of fairness and awareness of issues related to work and
equality. I expect his leadership to fortify poverty, and to train a new generation to
the center’s efforts.” combat the causes and effects of poverty
Nichol was dean of the school from and improve the circumstances of working
1999 to 2005, and he founded the school’s people.
Center for Civil Rights in 2001. He left Edwards directed the center following
UNC to become president of the College one term in the U.S. Senate.
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