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2017 Young Graduate Award Recipient - Nick DiCarlo

Nick DiCarlo ’03, who currently serves as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, has committed his life to public service. Inspired at Nobles by history faculty member Doug Jankey history and by former teacher Marcela Maldonado, Nick was energized by the idea of social history, a belief that history is moved not by the powerful elites, but rather the smaller political and social undercurrents of a society. It was this educational foundation that set Nick on his journey of government service and the law.

After graduating from Nobles, Nick studied history at Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Nick spent two summers back at Nobles working for Upward Bound (UB), a federal TRIO Program that Nobles has hosted for more than 25 years. UB serves first-generation college-bound students from Lawrence. Nick said, “learning about TRIO programs demonstrated to me the ability of government to make lasting change in the lives of others and showed me what government can do when it is done right.”

Graduating from Columbia in 2007, Nick remained in New York as a senior analyst at Digitas. As the 2008 presidential campaign began to heat up, however, Nick felt the need to get involved, so he reached out to a friend on the Obama campaign and asked what he could do. The answer came in the form of an unpaid field organizer position in Northern Virginia knocking on doors, making phone calls and organizing volunteers.

Following President Obama’s victory, Nick was hired as a legislative assistant in 2009 for Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. Nick served in that position for four years, working on policy issues ranging from healthcare to education to Social Security.

Congresswoman Baldwin was a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, an important and busy committee to be placed, and Nick was the lead staffer for all of Congresswoman Baldwin’s committee work.

Having worked with a number of lawyers in both the campaign world and in government, he saw firsthand the importance of a clear understanding the law. He was accepted into Georgetown Law School’s evening program, which allowed him to pursue his J.D. while working for Baldwin.

In 2012, Nick supported Congresswoman Baldwin’s successful Senate campaign, where she became the first openly gay member of the United States Senate. Nick was one of only a handful of people to transition from the House to the Senate. Describing his experience working for Senator Baldwin, Nick said, “It is wonderful to work with someone who is committed and enthusiastic about making this world a better place.”

During his time in both the House and the Senate, Nick wrote a number of pieces of legislation that would eventually be signed into law, including legislation to promote biomedical research, to restore workplace protections that were weakened due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision, and to help increase access to medical data under the Affordable Care Act.

After graduating from Georgetown, Nick became an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Beginning this fall, he will clerk for the Honorable Judge Mary Margaret McKeown who currently sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

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Nick DiCarlo