Clinical Instructor, Supervising Attorney, LLM Fellow
Nicole Tuchinda is a Clinical Instructor, Supervising Attorney, and LL.M. candidate in the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She teaches and supervises law students as they represent parents, children, and youth in education, special education, and school discipline cases. She also conducts local projects aimed at promoting positive systems change to help traumatized children succeed at school.
Nicole's recent volunteer activities have included mentoring and advocating for a foster child as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and serving on the board of a non-profit that services homeless families and individuals in Laurel (Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, Inc.).
Previously, Nicole spent two years representing parents and children pro bono as a solo practitioner in special education, custody, guardian ad litem, adoption, domestic violence, and child support cases in the District of Columbia. She was an associate at Ropes & Gray, LLP for four years; clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly; and litigated as an Assistant Chief Counsel at U.S. Food & Drug Administration. She obtained a J.D. with honors at George Washington University Law School; an M.D. at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and a B.A. cum laude at Yale College.