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Nicky Boothe



Building & Room:



300 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604

Office Phone:

(312) 427-2737 ext. 828


Nicky Boothe became Dean of the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law in June 2022. A leader in legal education and experienced litigator, Dean Boothe was previously a tenured member of the Florida A&M University College of Law faculty, where she taught since 2006. Before joining UIC Law, she was a Visiting Professor of Law at the Boston University School of Law. During her time with FAMU, she served as the Interim Dean of the College of Law, as well as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Before entering legal academia, Dean Boothe was a defense litigator for almost a decade.

A nationally recognized leader in the field of ethics and professionalism in law, Dean Boothe has served as a Fellow for the National Institute for Teaching Ethics and Professionalism and as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Special Committee on Professionalism. A member of the American Bar Association Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the Order of Barristers, she is a certified speaker by the Florida Department of Insurance and holds certifications for interviewing and counseling in the legal field.

A frequent speaker, panelist, and commentator, Dean Boothe’s work has been honored with numerous awards, including the Silver and Bronze Pro Bono awards from the Florida Supreme Court for her participation with the Florida Juvenile Dependency System. She has been recognized as FAMU School of Law Faculty of the Year and student-selected hooding ceremony representative of the year.

An avid scholar, her scholarship addresses issues of legal professionalism and ethics, social media and human trafficking and has been published in numerous law reviews and journals, including the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the LawBrigham Young University Journal of Public LawNebraska Law ReviewPace Law ReviewLoyola Law Review, and American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, among many other publications. Her op-eds have appeared in local and national publications.

Dean Boothe’s work also reflects a longstanding focus on antiracism; diversity, equity and inclusion; student well-being, and community service. She was a co-founder in 2020 of the Florida Law Schools’ Consortium on Racial Justice. She recently developed a “Mindfulness in Life and Law” seminar and is also a member of the Mindfulness in Law Society.

Professor Boothe earned her JD, cum laude, from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida.