Professors Desai, Nourse among six finalists for federal judgeship

Professor Victoria Nourse and Associate Professor Anuj Desai of the University of Wisconsin Law School are two of the six finalists for a judgeship on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Desai and Nourse were selected from a field of 11 applicants by the Federal Nominating Commission on November 16, 2009. The other finalists are U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman, Attorney Linda Clifford, Milwaukee County Judge Richard Sankovitz, and Attorney Dean Strang.

The vacancy will occur in January 2010 when Judge Terence Evans takes senior status.  President Obama will make the final selection.

Victoria F. Nourse is the UW Law School’s Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law. She has published articles on criminal law defenses, political theory and the criminal law, the separation of powers, statutory interpretation, and constitutional history, and the constitutional history of equality and rights during the Lochner era. Her book In Reckless Hands, released in 2008, is a well-received history of the controversial constitutional case Skinner v. Oklahoma.

A full profile of Professor Nourse can be found here.

Associate Professor of Law Anuj C. Desai teaches in the area of Copyright, First Amendment, Constitutional Law, and Cyberlaw, and writes on the intersection of constitutional law and communications and information policy. His current research focuses on understanding the ways in which constitutional jurisprudence is shaped by different institutional contexts, with a focus on various types of information and communications networks.

A full profile of Professor Desai can be found here.  

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