July 29, 2010 10:47 Age: 4 yrs

Nourse Nominated by President Obama to U.S. Court of Appeals

Victoria Nourse, a former L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law at Emory Law, has been nominated by President Obama to serve on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Throughout her career Victoria Nourse has shown a commitment to justice,” said President Obama in a White House news release. “I am proud to nominate her to serve on the United States Court of Appeals.”

Nourse is the Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She specializes in criminal law, legislation, constitutional history and the separation of powers. She is known for her role in assisting then-Sen. Joseph Biden in drafting the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, part of the Biden-Hatch Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

Nourse came to teaching after a prestigious legal career in New York and Washington, including clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and practicing as an attorney for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She also served as assistant counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair, argued appellate cases on behalf of the government for the U.S. Department of Justice and served as special counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In 1993, Nourse accepted a position as assistant professor at University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison and has remained on the Wisconsin faculty since that time. In 2008, she became the L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law at Emory Law, a position she held concurrently with her Wisconsin chair until earlier this year. She also has taught as a visiting professor at University of Maryland School of Law, Yale Law School, New York University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Nourse received her BA from Stanford University and her JD from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she graduated Order of the Coif.

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