John F. Nivala
Professor Emeritus

B.A., Hope College
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
LL.M., Temple University School of Law

Phone: 302.477.2489

John F. Nivala is an Emeritus Professor of Law and the former Director of the Taishoff Institute of Advocacy, Technology and Public Service at Widener's Delaware campus. Professor Nivala received a B.A. from Hope College in 1968, a J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1972, and an LL.M. from Temple University School of Law in 1986.

Following graduation from law school, Professor Nivala clerked for the Honorable Mary S. Coleman, Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing, Michigan, from 1973-74 and 1976-78. Professor Nivala served as Deputy Clerk in the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing, Michigan, from 1974-76. He worked in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1978-84.

Professor Nivala was a Graduate Fellow and Instructor at Temple University School of Law from 1984-86. He served as Associate Clinical Professor at South Carolina from 1986-88; Instructor and Adjunct Professor, Puget Sound, 1988-92; Assistant Professor, Cooley, from 1992-93 and Visiting Associate Professor, Widener, from 1993-94; Associate Professor, Widener from 1994-2003; Professor, Widener, since 2003.

Professor Nivala is admitted to practice in Michigan and teaches and writes in the areas of Evidence, Civil Procedure, Land Use Planning, Professional Responsibility, and Trial and Pre-Trial Methods.

Professor Nivala has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, and served as Reporter for the Delaware Supreme Court Committee on Family Court Procedures.

Selected Recent Publications

  • The Landscape Art of Daniel Urban Kiley, 29 Wm. & Mary Envt'l L. Review 267 (2005).
  • Droit Patrimoine: The Barnes Collection, the Public Interest, and Protecting Our Cultural Inheritance, 55 Rutgers L. Rev. 477 (2003).
  • Preservation is Process: The Designation of 'Dream Garden' as a Historic Object, in Preservation Law Symposium: Re-Inventing the Past, 8 Widener L. Symp. J. 237 (2002).
  • Saving the Spirit of Our Places: A View on Our Built Environment, 15 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 1 (1997).
  • The Architecture of a Lawyer's Operation: Learning from Frank Lloyd Wright, 20 J. Legal Prof. 99 (1995-96).