Judge Nathaniel C. Nichols


Nathaniel C. Nichols

Judge Nathaniel C. Nichols was elected in November 2011, to a ten-year term on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. He graduated from Howard University with a B. A. Degree in Political Science and in 1973 earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Columbia University. In 1974, he was admitted to the practice of law in Pennsylvania. He was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Nichols began his legal career at Delaware County Legal Assistance Association where he became the managing attorney. He was also in private practice, first in the firm of Early, Nichols & Givens and then in the firm of Nichols and Givens. From private practice he entered legal academia as a Professor at Widener University School of Law. While at Widener he taught Creditors Rights, Property, and Consumer Bankruptcy, wrote a number of scholarly articles and served as the Associate Dean of Students from 1992-1995. For twenty-five years he supervised law students who appeared before the courts of Delaware County and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Philadelphia.

Judge Nichols was a past president and board member of the Domestic Abuse Project, Delaware County Legal Assistance and the Chester Education Foundation. He served on the board of directors of the Delaware County Historical Society, the Delaware County Housing Coalition, and the Delaware County Bar Association. He was a member of the Rose Tree Media School District's re-districting committee and Media Elementary School's Blue Ribbon Committee. For seven years he served on the 7th Congressional District's West Point Selection Committee.

His awards and recognitions have included: 1990-Domestic Abuse Project Victims' Rights Award; 2001-Delaware County Bar Association's Elizabeth Price Award; 2003-Widener Law School Alumni Association Professor of the Year; 2005-Chester NAACP Judge Robert A. Wright Freedom Award; 2008-Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award; 2010-Rose Tree Media School District's Service Award. He has been a contributing author to the Delaware County Elder Law Handbook Resource Guide and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's Annual Bankruptcy Forum. Judge Nichols is a member of the Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations.