Faculty Profiles

Nicholas Espíritu

Nicholas Espíritu

Lecturer in Law
B.A. San Jose State University, 2001
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2004

Nicholas Espíritu teaches Voting Rights at UCLA School of Law. He is currently Staff Attorney at National Immigration Law Center where he focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation and administrative advocacy. He is also a lecturer at USC Gould School of Law where he teaches a course in Critical Race Theory.

Previously, Espíritu was a staff attorney at the national office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund as well as a senior researcher in the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law. He was also an attorney and Constance Baker Motley Fellow at Equal Justice Society, and attorney and Thurgood Marshall Fellow at Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Espíritu has served as counsel or amicus counsel on numerous voting rights related cases, including, Evenwel v. Abbott, Sanchez v. Modesto, Abbott v. Perez, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council, and Coral Construction, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco.

Espíritu received his B.A. in Sociology from San Jose State University and his J.D., with a concentration in Critical Race Studies, from UCLA School of Law. His publications have appeared in University of Cincinnati Social Justice Blog, University of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Aztlan, and Cleveland State Law Review.