Nick’s research focuses on administrative law and civil procedure, with a particular emphasis on how procedural rules influence the formation of substantive legal doctrine. His current project examines the origins of laws and norms governing the independence of the federal civil service. His previous scholarship has been published in Law and History and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. He is the co-recipient of the American Society for Legal History’s 2019 Sutherland Prize for best article in the field of English legal history, and his scholarship has been cited by the High Court of Ireland.
Nick received his BA in history from Yale University; his M.Phil. in History from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar; and his JD from Yale Law School. Following law school, Nick clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, he worked for five years as a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where he handled all aspects of trial litigation and also briefed appeals before the United States Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeal. In addition to his work in practice, Nick served as Secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law, and as a civilian monitor for military commission proceedings at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.