Saturday, June 25, 2005
This week CrimProf Blog spotlights Wisconsin's Victoria Nourse. She teaches criminal law and constitutional law. In the past five years, Victoria has published on these topics in a variety of journals, including the Yale, Stanford, Chicago, Duke, and NYU law reviews. She is known for her work on issues of gender and the criminal law and, in particular, criminal law defenses. Victoria came to teaching after a prestigious career in New York and Washington. She began her legal career clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld on the Southern District of New York. In 1986, she joined the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison. At the invitation of Arthur Liman, then chief counsel to the Senate committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair, Nourse left New York to serve as Assistant Counsel to that committee. In 1988, she moved to the United States Department of Justice, where she argued appellate cases on behalf of the government. In 1990, she returned to the Senate as Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 1991-1993, Nourse was the chief attorney advising the Committee's chairman on criminal law matters. While serving in that capacity, Professor Nourse assisted the committee in drafting the Violence Against Women Act and in managing two omnibus crime bills. Professor Nourse received her B.A. in History from Stanford University, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1984, she received her J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as Senior Articles Editor of the California Law Review. In the Fall of 2002, Nourse was a visiting professor at Yale Law School, where she taught an advanced course on constitutional structure and a seminar on political theory and the criminal law. In the Spring of 2003, she was a visiting professor at New York University School of Law, where she taught substantive criminal law.