Stephanie M. Nichols

Executive Director, Alaska Satellite Law Campus; Adjunct Professor of Law


As Executive Director of Seattle University's Alaska Programs, Stephanie brings a lifetime of experiences from Alaska to the Law School.  Alaska is the only state in the country without a law school, and it presents an array of keen issues of interest to this law school's mission.   The Law School's current and well-established summer program in Alaska has been in existence for well over a decade, and Stephanie continues to build and expand our relations in Alaska from its legal communities to our alumni and law students from across the country. 

In addition to directing the Law School's presence in Alaska, Stephanie also teaches courses in Alaska Native Law, on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and on Alaska's Legal History. She has also taught the Indian Trust and Estates clinic in Seattle University's Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic.

Stephanie received a degree in Accountancy cum laude from the University of Notre Dame and her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University.   Prior to her work at the Law School, Stephanie was in-house counsel for an Indian tribe near Olympia, Washington.  She has also been a speaker at several national conferences.  During law school Stephanie was a First Place winner of the Fredric C. Tausend Appellate Oral Argument Competition.  She was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska, the country, and the world.


Seattle University School of Law
Location: SLLH-115B
Phone: (206) 398-4294


  • B.B.A., cum laude, University of Notre Dame
  • J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law


  • Alaska Native Law