Nicole was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah, where she graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Studies in 2004. Prior to law school, Nicole worked for five years as a paralegal in a Salt Lake City collections firm.
In 2009 Nicole ventured into the east to attend Vermont Law School, drawn by the school’s environmental law program. While at VLS she served as an academic mentor and teaching assistant, and as a managing editor for the Vermont Law Review. She also completed externships with the Vermont Supreme Court, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and the Montpelier firm of Tarrant Gillies & Richardson. In 2012, Nicole earned her Juris Doctor degree as well as a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy with a Certificate in Energy Law.
After graduation, Nicole was admitted to practice in Vermont and the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. She joined the Burlington firm of Bauer Gravel Farnham in September 2012. While there her practice included all areas of litigation, but focused primarily on administrative and environmental law, land use, municipal, and environmental permit appeals, collections, and landlord-tenant law. She departed the firm in December 2016 for a faculty position with Vermont Law School’s JD Externship Program.
Nicole joined Vermont Law School's faculty in the Spring 2017 semester in the JD Externship Program. Each semester she works with students to find their ideal placements in law offices and judicial chambers across the country. She teaches students each semester in one or more of the JD Externship Program courses: Semester in Practice, Part-Time JD Externship, and Judicial Externship. She also teaches seminars to the incoming 1L classes during Orientation and Jump Start, and teaches seminars on professionalism and ethics to clinical students.
Nicole is a member of the Vermont Bar Association. She participates regularly in the Environmental Division’s Pro Bono Clinic, providing advice to pro se land use, zoning, and environmental permit litigants. She also contributes on occasion to the Supreme Court of Vermont Law Blog (SCOV Law), summarizing the Court’s opinions with restrained levity.
Nicole lives in Barnard with her husband, their three children, and their dog Duke. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys birdwatching and wandering in the woods and rivers with her family, making fermented breads, reading about early childhood education, listening to classical piano music, and gardening.
Building the Whole Lawyer: Preparing Students for Entry-Level Success, Externships 9: Coming of Age,
University of Georgia School of Law, March 9, 2018 (panelist).