April 20, 2009 10:49 Age: 5 yrs

Nourse to be Featured on Georgetown Panel and NPR

Victoria F. Nourse

Emory Law Professor Victoria F. Nourse will be featured during a segment on History Behind the Headlines: Women and the Law on NPR’s Kojo Nnamdi Show at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

Nourse is being included in the show for her work as special counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee in drafting the Violence Against Women Act during the early 1990s.

“I like to tell my students ‘I was there at the creation,’” said Nourse, who specializes in criminal and constitutional law and worked with then Sen. Joseph Biden for the passage of the act. “You would not believe how shocking the debates were.”

The Emory Law professor will serve on a panel with the vice president at Georgetown University Law Center’s Symposium Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, April 22. The symposium also honors Biden’s work in creating the act.

Nourse helped lead the effort to draft and pass the act, which faced opposition from the judicial branch. The act was passed in 1994.

“My students are mad at me because I won’t be here to answer their questions, but you just don’t say no to the vice president,” Nourse said.

Nourse also is featured with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Baber Ginsburg in Fred Stebeigh’s new book, Equal: Women Reshape American Law, which recounts the transformation of the legal field to recognize the equal rights of women by the women who lead the charge. The book was published this winter.

In February, Nourse presented at a similar symposium with other women featured in Equal: Women Reshape American Law at Rutgers University.

Nourse’s book, In Reckless Hands: Skinner V. Oklahoma and the Near-Triumph of American Eugenics, was published this spring.

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