Professor Nourse is one of the nation’s leading scholars on statutory interpretation, Congress, and the separation of powers.
Her latest book, Misreading Law, Misreading Democracy, was published by Harvard Press in 2016. She has also published widely on the power of the President and the separation of powers, Reclaiming the Constitutional Text from Originalism: The Case of Executive Power, 106 Calif. L. Rev. 1 (2018), and on constitutional rights, including her book, In Reckless Hands (Norton 2008), the story of Skinner v. Oklahoma and American eugenics. She is a coauthor with Yale’s William Eskridge and Abbe Gluck of the most up to date casebook on legislation: Statutes, Regulation, and Interpretation: Legislation and Administration in the Republic of Statutes (2014 & 2018 Supp.)
Professor Nourse has had a distinguished career in government up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. In 2015-2016, she served as Chief Counsel to the Vice President of the United States. Prior to that she served as an appellate lawyer in the Justice Department and Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The story of her role in the fight for the original Violence Against Women Act is told in the 2009 book Equal: Women Reshape American Law.
Prior to teaching at Georgetown, Professor Nourse held chairs at the Emory University and the University of Wisconsin. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale, NYU, Northwestern, and the University of Maryland.
Professor Nourse began her legal career in New York, clerking for a legendary trial 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 Rudman and Inouye.
Professor Nourse is Director of the law schools’ first Center on Congressional Studies.
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Ripping up speech broke no law," coverage by the Times-News (Burlington, NC), February 17, 2020, quoting Professor Victoria Nourse.
"VERIFY: Did Nancy Pelosi break the law when she ripped up her copy of the State of the Union speech?" coverage by WUSA9, February 7, 2020, quoting Professor Victoria Nourse.
"Donald Trump Says Nancy Pelosi Broke Law By Tearing Up State Of The Union Speech, Experts Say That’s ‘Crazy’," coverage by Inquisitr, February 7, 2020, quoting Professor Victoria Nourse.
"Trump falsely claims Pelosi broke the law by tearing up copy of his address," coverage by The Washington Post, February 7, 2020, quoting Professor Victoria Nourse.