Howard University


Securities Regulation, Broker-Dealer Regulation, Corporations, Diversity and Global Capital Markets, Commercial Paper, Securities and Exchange Commission Internship

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Professor Cheryl Nichols is a member of the faculty of the Howard University School of law, where she as taught courses on securities regulation, broker-dealer regulation, diversity and global capital markets, and commercial law since 2004. Professor Nichols teaches and writes about international and domestic securities regulation, broker/dealer regulation, securities enforcement, corporate law and diversity in the financial services industry.

Prior to teaching at Howard School of Law, Professor Nichols established and operated a securities clinic at SUNY Buffalo Law School, which provided legal assistance in resolving investor-broker disputes and unbiased investment education. The Securities Clinic was one of the first institutional participants in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Securities Arbitration Pilot Program.

Prior to her teaching career, Professor Nichols was a Senior Counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division at its Atlanta Regional Office. While at the SEC, Ms. Nichols prosecuted cases in the areas of securities fraud, broker/dealer registration, and municipal securities. She was also a surety underwriter at Safeco Insurance Companies, a financial analyst at American Express, and a credit manager at Royal Trust Bank.

Professor Nichols is a frequent speaker and panelist before bar associations, professional groups and academic bodies and has presented and published numerous securities related articles in a wide array of reference journals. She also serves a Vice-chair of the International Securities & Capital Markets Committee and a member of the Business Law Section of the ABA and as a public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA). Professor Nichols received her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami.


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updated: January 18, 2013