J.D. (1987) Emory Law School
B.A. (1984) Duke University
Ms. Kathleen Nicolaides is a former federal prosecutor who teaches in the areas of criminal courts, criminal law and procedure, and correctional and investigative law. She teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Ms. Nicolaides is the undergraduate coordinator and one of the academic advisors in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department. As the undergraduate coordinator she works with other faculty on assessing the curriculum, reviewing course requirements, and soliciting student input on departmental issues. In her role as an academic advisor, students are able to make appointments to discuss their coursework, update their files, and prepare for a career in the criminal justice field. All new criminal justice majors and declared majors reaching 60 earned hours, must meet with one of the academic advisor to assess their progress.
Ms. Nicolaides is also the pre-law advisor to all undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte. In her capacity as pre-law advisor, she meets with students and assists them in their pre-law plan, helps them with personal statement submissions, and discusses law school options and specific law schools. She is the faculty advisor to the pre-law society, which is open to all students and meets weekly during the school year. In addition to having guest speakers, including law school admissions directors, the pre-law society takes an annual trip to Washington D.C.
Ms. Nicolaides is also responsible for directing Constitution Day each September at UNC Charlotte. Lawyers, judges, prosecutors and media figures from the community speak at this celebration of the Constitution which is open to the public.
Her areas of interest include criminal courts, public corruption, white collar crime and the legal system. She has prepared testing and summary materials for Thomson Publishing relating to these topics and does occasional media commentary on related topics.