Professor Victoria Nourse Joins Office of the Vice President at The White House

August 6, 2014 —

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Georgetown University Law Center Professor Victoria Nourse has joined Vice President Joe Biden’s office as counsel to the Vice President. She previously served as senior adviser to then-Senator Biden when he was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Victoria Nourse is a superb scholar, and she is also someone who has made great contributions as a public servant," said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “She is extraordinarily well-equipped to serve in this important role as the Vice President’s chief lawyer.”

In accepting this new position, Nourse leaves her role as the director of Georgetown Law’s Center on Congressional Studies. Her areas of expertise include administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, and legislation. She joined the Law Center after holding chairs at Emory University and the University of Wisconsin. She has been a visiting professor at Yale University, New York University and the University of Maryland law schools. Nourse has published widely on constitutional history, the separation of powers, legislation and criminal law.

Nourse began her career in New York, clerking for Judge Edward Weinfeld and practicing at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She left private practice to serve as junior counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee under Senators Warren Rudman and Daniel Inouye. From there, she moved down Pennsylvania Avenue to argue appeals for the Department of Justice in the Reagan-Bush years. She later served as senior adviser to then-Senator Biden on a variety of legislative matters, including the Violence Against Women Act.