Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Victoria Nourse: D.C. Circuit Nominee?

A few weeks ago, Senator Harry Reid said that he expected President Obama to nominate three more people to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit soon.

That hasn't happened yet, but it got me thinking about the people he might nominate.

Could Victoria Nourse be in that group?

In July 2010, Obama nominated Nourse to a Seventh Circuit seat in Wisconsin. She was then a law professor at the University of Wisconsin, as well as former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and its chair, then-Senator Joe Biden.

After one of the home state senators blocked her nomination by not returning his blue slip, she withdrew in January 2012.

Subsequently, Nourse left Wisconsin Law, where she had been a professor since 1993, and became a professor at Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. (She had also been a visiting professor at Georgetown previously.)

See where I am going with this?

*Nourse's current bio is here.
*A 2011 letter from a bipartisan group of scholars supporting her Seventh Circuit nomination is here.