Director, Resource Center on Impaired Driving
Office: Room 128, 432 E. Campus Mall, Law School
Business Administration, Regis College, 5/89
Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin, 5/92
Nina J. Emerson is the director of the Resource Center on Impaired Driving at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The Resource Center represents the combined efforts of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the University of Wisconsin Law School. As director, Ms. Emerson provides a wide range of alcohol-related data and legal information on impaired driving issues to judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, educators, legislators and citizens. In addition, Ms. Emerson plays an integral role in providing education and training programs on legal developments in the traffic and impaired driving law arenas. Ms. Emerson is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer. She publishes a periodic report on current issues related to impaired driving. In addition, she has authored and co-authored numerous articles for the Wisconsin Lawyer, a publication of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Ms. Emerson worked as a research mentor with the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Her research scholar prepared a Comparison of Model National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances, Uniform Vehicle Code, to Wisconsin's Current OWI Laws, which was showcased as part of the fifth annual Undergraduate Symposium. Ms. Emerson worked in collaboration with the Northwestern University Traffic Institute on a research project funded by the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council and published as "Photographic Traffic Law Enforcement," Legal Research Digest, No. 36, Dec. 1996. In addition, she coordinated the research and publication of a Compendium on Drug Impaird Driving. Her published research has been covered by the Associated Press, Public Radio, Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other news media. Ms. Emerson has served on numerous committees and task forces. Specifically, she has served on an Underage Drinking Task Force, Dane County Victim Impact Panel Task Force, 1995 Governor's Task Force on Operating After Revocation/Operating While Intoxicated, SFST (Standardized Field Sobriety Test) Advisory Committee, DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) Oversight Committee, and an Alcohol Forum Steering Committee. In addition, she has chaired the Victim Impact Panel Committee, which produced and published the Victim Impact Panel Reference Manual now in its third edition. She also acted as Project Coordinator for the Evaluation of the After Operating While Intoxicated Conviction Process, in cooperation with the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Ms. Emerson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1992, where she received the Catherine Manning Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Program. She graduated summa cum laude from Regis College in 1989, where she received the John S. Brennan Award in Business Administration and was a Colorado Merit Scholarship recipient.