After a successful term at Yale Law School (where she served on the Yale Law Journal, the Yale Journal of Law and Policy, and the Yale Journal of International Law), Niki Kuckes won a coveted clerkship with Judge (now Justice) Antonin Scalia. She moved on to develop a sophisticated litigation practice in Washington, D.C, where for almost two decades she focused on white collar criminal matters, copyright and First Amendment, and legal malpractice cases. Professor Kuckes has used this expertise to develop a strong reputation in the areas of grand juries and prosecutorial ethics. Before coming to RWU, Professor Kuckes was "Distinguished Practitioner in Residence" at Cornell Law School.
Professor Kuckes was awarded tenure and promoted to Full Professor in 2009, and she brings her deep practice experience to her teaching of Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, and Professional Responsibility.
“Rewriting Grand Jury History,” in Grand Jury 2.0, edited by Roger Fairfax (Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Press, 2011)
Iancu v. Brunetti: Free Speech Meets Immoral and Scandalous Trademarks in the Supreme Court, 25 Roger Williams University Law Review 80 (2020)
Matal v. Tam: Free Speech Meets Disparaging Trademarks in the Supreme Court, 23 Roger Williams University Law Review 122 (2018)
Designing Law School Externships That Comply with the FLSA, 21 Clinical Law Review 79 (2014)
The State of Rule 3.8: Prosecutorial Ethics Reform Since Ethics 2000, 22 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 427 (2009)
Civil Due Process, Criminal Due Process, 25 Yale Law and Policy Review 1 (2006)
The Democratic Prosecutor: Explaining the Constitutional Function of the Federal Grand Jury, 94 Georgetown Law Journal 1265 (2006)
The Useful, Dangerous Fiction of Grand Jury Independence¸ 41 American Criminal Law Review 1 (2004)