Commission Vice Chair
Political Affiliation: Democrat
Term Ends: December 2028
Victoria Frances Nourse is the Ralph Whitworth Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School. She has taught law at several institutions including Yale, NYU, Northwestern, Emory, and the University of Wisconsin. She has taught a variety of courses from constitutional law to legislation to criminal law and gender and has written textbooks and dozens of articles in each field.
She started her career as a clerk for Judge Edward Weinfeld in the Southern District of New York, and then moved to the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison. Her mentor, Arthur Liman, brought her to Washington to serve as an assistant counsel to the Senate-Iran Contra committee. She then moved to the Department of Justice where she argued appeals for the Civil Division. From there, she moved to the Senate Judiciary Committee where she worked as a senior legislative counsel to then-Senator Joe Biden. She is known for her staff work on the first Violence Against Women Act. During the Obama Administration, she served for a year as Chief Counsel to then-Vice President Biden.