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Monday, July 19, 2010

Ind. Courts - New judge nominated for 7th Circuit, to replace Judge Evans

John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported July 15th:

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Victoria F. Nourse to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago, replacing Milwaukee native Terrence Evans.

Nourse, 51, is the Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at the vfnourse@wisc.edu ">University of Wisconsin Law School .

She is a graduate of Stanford University with a law degree from the University of California, and she served as an assistant counsel to the Senate Committee to Investigate the Iran-Contra Affair in 1987. She later joined the Civil Appellate Staff of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she represented federal agencies in the U.S. Courts of Appeal.

In 1990, she became special counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which then-Sen. Joseph Biden chaired. Biden is now vice president.

In 1993, Nourse was hired as an assistant professor at the UW Law School in Madison. In 2008, she became the LQC Lamar Professor of Law at Emory University Law School, a position she held concurrently with her Wisconsin position until earlier this year, according to the White House. * * *

Nourse was one of four finalists submitted to the White House by Wisconsin's senators. The others were U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Richard Sankovitz and attorney Dean Strang.

The vacancy was created when Evans announced he was going into semi-retirement, known as senior status. The federal appeals court, which sits in Chicago, traditionally has had two judges from Wisconsin. Eleven people applied for the position.

The nomination is subject to approval by the U.S. Senate. The 7th Circuit reviews case from federal courts in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 19, 2010 10:41 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions