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Leah Nicholls

Public Justice

Leah M. Nicholls is the Kazan-Budd Attorney at Public Justice, where she litigates in the areas of consumer protection and access to justice. Prior to joining Public Justice, she was a senior staff attorney and clinical instructor in Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation. There, she litigated and supervised clinic student attorneys on a wide range of public interest cases, including access to justice, employment discrimination, and government transparency cases. Ms. Nicholls has also taught appellate courts and advocacy as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law. She served as the Supreme Court Assistance Project Fellow at Public Citizen and clerked for Justice Harriet O’Neill of the Texas Supreme Court.

Ms. Nicholls has successfully argued before the Fourth Circuit that her clients have standing in a government transparency case, McBurney v. Cuccinelli, 616 F.3d 393 (4th Cir. 2010), and before the Maryland Court of Appeals that a family member’s signature on a nursing-home arbitration agreement did not bind the resident, Dickerson v. Longoria, 995 A.2d 721 (Md. 2010). Her other notable cases involve access to district court review of constitutional claims, Elgin v. Department of the Treasury, 567 U.S. ___ (June 11, 2012), constitutional challenges to limits on government transparency, McBurney v. Young, 667 F.3d 454 (4th Cir. 2012), and employment discrimination, Eley v. Vance-Cooks, No. 09-2158 (D.D.C.).

Ms. Nicholls earned her law degree magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Duke University School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, and her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Boston University. Ms. Nicholls also has an M.A. from Boston University and L.L.M.s from Duke and Georgetown law schools.

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