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Nika D.


Nika D.


Nika joined SPR in Fall 2023 after graduating magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif, from New York University School of Law.

At NYU Law, Nika served as the Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review. Additionally, she was a Furman Academic Scholar and a Furman Public Policy Scholar. Nika spent her 2L summer as a law clerk at the Department of Justice—Environment and Natural Resources Division in the Natural Resources Section, where she focused on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) challenges and Fifth Amendment takings cases. She was also a student clinician in the Regulatory Policy Clinic, a partnership with the Institute for Policy Integrity, and in the Environmental Law Clinic, run by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Prior to law school, Nika earned a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, in the department of Population & Family Health with a concentration in Forced Migration. While in graduate school, she worked for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute and the International Centre for Migration, Health & Development in Geneva, Switzerland. She previously worked as a healthcare software consultant.

Florence Allen Scholar
Furman Public Policy Scholar
Furman Academic Scholar
Editor-in-Chief, NYU Law Review
Order of the Coif
George P. Foulk Memorial Award (Overall Achievement)
Paul D. Kaufman Memorial Award (Most Outstanding Note)

“Administrable Omissions Liability in Public Law”

For: NYU Law Review


“Saving Lives and Livelihoods: The Paycheck Protection Program and its Efficacy”

For: Economia (co-authored by Jeremy Brooks & Thomas Chandler)


“Climate Migration and Health System Preparedness in the United States”

For: Climate Policy


“Climate Migrants Within the U.S. Will Need a Strong Health System”

For: Scientific American: Observations

August 26th, 2019

New York State FY 2025 Budget Includes Significant Housing & Environmental Programs

On April 20, 2024, the New York State Legislature enacted the long-awaited $237 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2025 (the FY 2025 Budget). Housing reform is the centerpiece of the FY 2025 Budget, given the bipartisan nature of the on-going housing affordability and vacancy crisis—...

Covered New Jersey Buildings Must Meet New Benchmarking Requirement By December 31

December 31, 2023 marks the final deadline for compliance with the first year of New Jersey’s building energy and water benchmarking law. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) issued an order in compliance with the New Jersey Clean Energy Act of 2018

Biden Administration Proposes “Phase 2” Revisions to NEPA Regulations

On July 31, 2023, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for its second phase of revisions to the 2020 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) amendments. As a brief primer, NEPA imposes procedural requirements on all federal ...

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2023, Order of the Coif, Magna cum laude

Columbia University, M.P.H., 2020, Delta Omega

Barnard College, B.A., 2017, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude

New York, 2024