The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Bill Nicholson

Class year: 1978
Major: History/Lit
Company/organization: Emergency Law Consultants
Job title: Consultant

I would love to connect with students. In addition or instead of attending the Schmooze, I am available for one:one meetings during the weekend. Drop me an email and we'll arrange a time to meet. I arrive on Thursday.

How did you get where you are? (e.g., education, brief work history, mentors)

Education: Reed BA, Law school JD Washington & Lee

Work History: Law clerk one year before law school to see if I would like being a lawyer.  Summer jobs during law school with DHHS and Georgia-Pacific Law Dept. After law school, litigation practice in DC, General Counsel for Indiana State Emergency Management Agency, Senior Career Counselor and Adjunct Prof - Widener Law School, Asst. Prof. of Criminal Justice - North Carolina Central University, Founder - Emergency Law Consultants.

Mentors: I have been most fortunate in having bosses who were also mentors in all of my jobs.  

What lessons have you learned along the way that you'd like to pass on to current Reed students?

I also kept my eyes open to learn from all those around me—not just the day-to-day practice of law, but also the small interactions that are the grease that smooths daily life in the profession.

The importance of networking (how many times have you heard that?) in a sensitive and ongoing manner. It's a matter that requires caring both ways. It can be learned, and its practice can be improved.

Keep your eyes open for new and developing areas where you can get in on the ground level and be a rising star.  

Find a job you love and it is not work.

In what ways you think you can help Reed students?

I have much experience in helping students who are undecided regarding what they want to do career-wise to narrow their list of interests.

I also help students with resumes and cover letters.

What else should students know about you? (e.g., volunteer engagement, avocations, interests)

I volunteer with our local Reed chapter here in the NC Triangle.  I have been a sailor since I was 9, and still think there's nothing finer than a day on the water.