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Victoria F. Nourse

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Victoria F. Nourse
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Personal History
Undergraduate:   Stanford University '80
Law School:   University of California, Boalt Hall'84

Victoria F. Nourse was a nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Federal court nomination

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Victoria F. Nourse
 Court:Seventh Circuit
 Progress:Returned 521 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:July 14, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
DefeatedDReturned:December 17, 2011

On July 14, 2010, Nourse was nominated to the federal bench by President Barack Obama. Of the appointment, Obama said, “Throughout her career Victoria Nourse has shown a commitment to justice. I am proud to nominate her to serve on the United States Court of Appeals."[1]

The American Bar Association rated her "Unanimously Well Qualified". You can find her Committee Questionnaire available here.[2]

Nourse's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress on December 22, 2010. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. The nomination was returned a second time on December 17, 2011.[3]

History of nomination

Nourse's nomination never received a vote in committee, but was simply returned to President Obama in December of 2010 and 2011. Opposition to the nomination came from Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Though senators from the nominee's state are deferred to during the nomination process, Nourse's original nomination preceded Johnson's election to the Senate.[4]

Senator Johnson opposed the nomination on the basis that Nourse was not well-known enough in the legal community. He said, "Victoria Nourse really has very little connection to the state of Wisconsin, and nobody in the legal community in Wisconsin knows anything about her."[4] However, a group of legal academics wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee to express dissatisfaction with the situation. In a letter, they said, "Typically new senators have no power to countermand completed presidential nominations."[4]


Nourse received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1980 and her J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1984.[1]


After graduating from law school, Nourse clerked for Edward Weinfeld. In 1985, she went into private practice. Two years later, she became assistant counsel to the Senate Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair. One year later Nourse joined the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1990, she became Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She became an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2003. While at the University of Wisconsin, Nourse also taught law at Emory University, Maryland School of Law, Yale Law School, New York University School of Law, and Georgetown University Law Center.[1]


Nourse is the daughter-in-law of Seventh Circuit Senior Judge Richard Cudahy.[5]

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