Raised in a small town near Iowa City, Nick completed his undergraduate degree in Theater and Studio Arts at the University of Iowa. He spent several years working in early childhood education before moving to the East Coast. He performed a year of AmeriCorps service in Baltimore with the Maryland Community Art Corps, coordinating art education and community organization at the Village Learning Place community center.
Nicholas was awarded the Mason Civil Rights Scholar award, the David A. Clarke Merit Scholarship, and Dean’s Fellow Awards while at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. He also served as a Senior Editor for the Law Review. Nicholas gained extensive family law practice experience in the UDC-DCSL HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic, representing clients in child custody cases, preparing wills, standby guardianship documents, and participating in litigation in the DC Superior Court.
Nicholas participated in whistleblower protection litigation in the US Circuit Court of Appeals and US District Court during his clinical training with the Government Accountability Project. He also performed summer internships with the American Bar Association’s Center for Children and the Law and Commission on Domestic Violence.
After graduation, Nick organized and advocated for the community groups in Philadelphia as a Staff Attorney with the Society Created to Reduce Urban Blight (now Scenic Philadelphia). Nick joined Aceves & Associates, PLLC in 2012. His work has centered primarily on the practice’s education cases. He also provides representation to domestic violence survivors through the DC Volunteer Lawyers’ Project. He is a U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Accredited Veteran’s Benefit Claims Attorney, and currently holds bar licenses in both Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
Shortly after joining the Aceves firm, Nicholas also began working with the Racial Justice Initiative as our Legal Research and Outreach Associate. His efforts have been dedicated to the coordination of TimeBank trainings, legal research, preparation of outreach documents and the development of new programs through partnerships with organizations throughout the city. As RJI Counsel, Nick has provided direct legal assistance to students DC public school students facing excessive suspensions, parents in child custody matters, and low income seniors seeking government assistance. Other duties have included supervision of approximately forty first year law students who choose to complete their community service requirement with TimeBanks USA™.