Professor Victoria Nourse Appointed to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

March 29, 2023

(L-R) Commission Staff Director Mauro Morales, Professor Victoria Nourse and her husband, Richard Cupitt

President Joe Biden has appointed Professor Victoria Nourse to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent federal agency whose mission is “to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws.”  Nourse, who is the Ralph V. Whitworth Professor in Law, was sworn in earlier this month as one of eight commissioners and will serve a six-year term.

Nourse brings to the commission extensive government, legal and policy experience. In 2015-2016, she served as Chief Counsel to then-Vice President Biden; she also served as an appellate lawyer in the Justice Department and worked as Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when it was chaired by then-Sen. Biden.

At Georgetown Law, Nourse is director of the Center on Congressional Studies and her scholarship focuses on Gender Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Legislation and Procedure. She is a frequent commentator in the national media and is a prolific author of books and law review articles.

“I am greatly honored to serve on the Commission on Civil Rights,” said Nourse. “At this time in our nation’s history, the civil rights of all Americans are more critical than ever — I pledge to use this role to do all I can to preserve and advance them.”

Commission Staff Director Mauro Morales said, “Her impressive background in law and teaching law make Commissioner Nourse a remarkable addition to our roster of Commissioners. We look forward to incorporating her valuable insight and judgment.”

Read the official press release from the United States Commission on Civil Rights here.