Legal and Policy Issues
in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Willam C. Nicholson
Author and Adjunct Professor
Widener University School of Law
University of Delaware

February 23, 2005

(MS Word)

Related Websites:
Emergency Management Text Book Chapter 16: Legal Issues in Emergency Management
Emergency Response and Emergency Management Law (Amazon)
Syllabus: Terrorism and Emergency Law

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WILLIAM C. NICHOLSON is a nationally known expert in homeland security law and policy. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Widener University School of Law, where he conceived and instructs a course entitled "Terrorism and Emergency Law." Bill also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware, where he teaches his "Homeland Security Law and Policy" course. He previously served as General Counsel to the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Indiana Department of Fire and Building Services (DFBS) and Public Safety Training Institute (PSTI) as well as seven related Boards and Commissions in the public safety arena, including the Indiana Emergency Response Commission and Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission. Bill has published numerous articles and has spoken nationwide on terrorism and emergency law issues. He is also a Member of the Editorial Board, Best Practices in Emergency Services: Today's Tips for Tomorrow's Success as well as the Editorial Board, Journal of Emergency Management.

Among his recent notable publications are: a book, Emergency Response and Emergency Management Law, Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd. (2003) and a major law review article Legal Issues in Emergency Response to Terrorism Incidents Involving Hazardous Materials: The Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response ("HAZWOPER") Standard, Standard Operating Procedures, Mutual Aid and the Incident Command System, Widener Symposium Law Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, 294 (2003). He received grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop course materials for use in web-based coursework. "Legal Issues in Emergency Management," his 80 page contribution to the FEMA Higher Education Project's on-line book may be found at: This monograph is being published by the Journal of Emergency Management as a series of columns beginning with their fall 2004 issue. His latest effort is a book, Homeland Security Law and Policy, Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd. (in press).

Bill received several awards for contributions while serving as General Counsel to the Indiana State Emergency Management Agency, including Distinguished Hoosier from Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon, Honorary Emergency Medical Technician from the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission, and Army Material Command, Command Counsel Team Project Award presented by General John G. Coburn, Commanding General of Army Material Command, for "exemplary service as a member of the U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Command's Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program's Memoranda of Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding Team." He is a member of the Wilmington, DE Anti-Terrorism Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee. Bill Nicholson earned a B.A from Reed College in Portland, OR and a Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University's School of Law in Lexington, VA.

He may be reached at: [email protected]