Nicole De Brigard is a third year law student from Miami, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida, where she majored in Political Science & Criminology. At Duke, Nicole is a James E. Padilla Scholar, a Research Assistant for the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, and a Teaching Assistant for Duke’s Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program. Nicole has applied her unique background to increase diversity in the law as the VP of the Latin American Law Students Association and as a member of the Dean’s DEI Committee. Nicole also contributes to diversity efforts throughout the university as a Graduate Student Representative for Duke’s Racial Equity Advisory Council. Outside of Duke, Nicole worked as an Honors Intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as a criminal law intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and as a policy intern for the Future of Privacy Forum.
Nicole is pursuing the Young Trustee position to focus Duke’s priorities towards technology, a global presence, and Durham relations. In working alongside the administration of a large public university, the federal government, and Duke Law, Nicole has grasped an understanding of the challenges in bureaucracy, issue analysis, and decision making. As a first-generation Colombian American and college graduate, Nicole values the importance of including diverse perspectives in discussions that shape the future of Duke. Nicole is confident that her experiences with ethics, law, and objectivity will effectively enable her to serve as a fiduciary of the university.