Constitution Day 2019: THE OLIGARCH’S ROAD: Presidential Power and the Separation of Powers in the Trump Era

Presenter: 
Victoria Nourse, Ralph V. Whitworth Professor in Law, Georgetown Law

Date and Times: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 12:30pm

Location: 
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Memorial Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


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. She has also published widely on the power of the President and the separation of powers. Nourse served as Chief Counsel to the Vice President of the United States in 2015-2016, as an appellate lawyer in the Justice Department, and as 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 book Equal: Women Reshape American Law. Nourse has 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.

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. She is Director of Georgetown law schools’ first Center on Congressional Studies.

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