Peggy Nicholson joined the Duke Law faculty in 2020 as a lecturing fellow and supervising attorney in the Children’s Law Clinic. In this capacity, she works with law students to represent children and their families in special education, school discipline, and public benefits cases.
Before joining Duke Law, Nicholson served as director of the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, where she worked with directly impacted youth, parents, and communities to advocate for legal and policy solutions to North Carolina’s school-to-prison pipeline. She earlier practiced public interest law at Legal Aid of North Carolina, where she provided legal advice and representation in education cases to hundreds of low-income students and families across the state. Nicholson has represented children and their families in administrative hearings and state and federal court. She has also provided continuing education for attorneys, judges, social workers, and other professionals on a variety of education matters including special education, school discipline, and racial equity.
Nicholson received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.