Blog: WI Alcohol Law & Policy
Nina J. Emerson
The Resource Center on Impaired Driving officially began on
August 3, 1992, with the employment of Nina J. Emerson as director. Ms. Emerson
is a 1992 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She has
experience working in the litigation and treatment arenas concerning
As director, Ms. Emerson started a periodic publication
addressing issues unique to impaired driving called the Resource Center Report. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles for the Wisconsin Lawyer, a State Bar of
Wisconsin publication. She has also supervised research and co-authored a
report on Photographic Traffic Enforcement, funded by the Transportation
Research Board and published in the Legal Research Digest. Additionally, Ms.
Emerson has coordinated the research for the published compilation of
information regarding drugs other than alcohol entitled "Compendium on Drug
Impaired Driving." She also authored the chapter "The Legal and Prosecution Perspective of Drug Impairment," Medical-Legal Aspects of Abused Substances, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc. 2005.
In 2005, Ms. Emerson received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Difference Maker Award, and she is also the recipient of the Addiction Resource Council 2009 Professional Service Award. Ms. Emerson has served as committee chair, member, and coordinator on numerous projects and committees.
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project Coordinator
Ms. Sherman joined the Resource Center as coordinator for the
Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project on January 3, 2010. She has worked on alcohol related policy issues since 2001,
first at the American Medical Association’s Reducing Underage Drinking
through Coalitions project and later as national field director for the
Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University. Most
recently she worked at the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention
Resources where she provided technical assistance to communities and
coalitions on preventing and reducing underage drinking.
Before beginning her alcohol policy work, Ms. Sherman worked for the Wisconsin Legislature where she served as Director of the Assembly Democratic Caucus Staff, Deputy Director of the Senate Democratic Caucus Staff, and as an aide to members of both the Senate and Assembly.