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Nick C. Nichols Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Advocacy


The Nick C. Nichols Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Advocacy honors Nick C. Nichols of Houston, a 1961 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Nichols attended Rice University on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a B.A. in history and pre-law in 1958. He then attended law school at UT and has practiced law since 1963.

Nichols is now a senior partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels & Friend, a law firm where he primarily handles major litigation involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, products liability, representation of sports celebrities, and business litigation. Nichols was lead counsel in the high-profile case of Rudy Tomjanovich v. Cal Sports Inc. d/b/a L.A. Lakers, a milestone case in sports litigation.

Nichols is the recipient of more than 20 awards and fellowships in recognition of his exemplary work in the courtroom. These include the Distinguished Rice Alumni Award, Texas Super Lawyer seven years in a row, the War Horse Award from the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the Keeton Fellowship from the University of Texas Law School Alumni Association.

William Powers, Jr., former president of The University of Texas and former dean of the UT School of Law, stated, “I have seen firsthand not only Nick’s remarkable professional skills as a practicing trial lawyer but his exemplary commitment to his community. He has given back many times over with his time and expertise, as well as his treasure, to the universities that have given him so much.”

The Nick C. Nichols Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Advocacy was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System in 1994 to benefit the School of Law. Gift funds were provided by Student Aid Foundation Enterprises of Houston.

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