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About Nicola: I am a Guyanese-American woman who was born and raised in New York. I am one of four children born to my wonderful and supportive parents, and I am their only girl. Growing up with my three brothers has taught me a lot, especially how to make my presence known in a predominately male situation. My family and friends have made tremendous efforts to help me get to law school, and I plan to continue to make them and myself proud throughout my law school career and after.
Becoming an attorney has always been my passion. Since I was a little girl, I yearned to be an attorney and to one day attempt to live up to the legacy of the great Thurgood Marshall. Now I am ready to make my dream a reality, and NIU Law will provide the foundation that I need to make that dream come true.
Previous Legal and/or Professional Experience: I have had the honor of working in two law firms over the past eleven years. I felt it was necessary to get my feet wet and to experience what it is like to be in the field. After college, I began working for a law firm in midtown Manhattan that specialized in adoptions, estate planning, and real estate. After working there for four years, I decided to take a job at another law firm in midtown Manhattan: that firm specialized in criminal law. At that firm, I was the Executive Legal Assistant and the Operations/Office Manager. Not only did I have the privilege of assisting the attorneys with drafting various legal documents, I was also in charge of the firm’s human resource department. I loved working and learning in these positions, but I felt I needed more. I no longer just wanted to be the assistant who helped draft the various documents. I was ready to be the person who stood up in court and defended my client.
What activities are you involved in on campus? Currently I am a member of the Women’s Law Caucus. Off campus, I am also very active in many charities, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund, Israel Cancer Research, March of Dimes, and the American Red Cross. I try my best not only to donate money but to also volunteer my time as much as possible. Before leaving New York, I made it a priority to volunteer at domestic abuse shelters and soup kitchens. Domestic violence is an epidemic that hits very close to home for me, and helping to prevent it is a passion of mine.
This interview was conducted in Fall 2012.
Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Institution: CUNY - Herbert H. Lehman College
Psychology and Political Science
Bronx, New York