B.S.E., Princeton University; M.S., Stanford University; J.D., Harvard University
Professor Kerr is a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of criminal procedure and computer crime law. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and many other top journals, often multiple times. Professor Kerr’s scholarship has been cited in over 100 judicial opinions, including decisions by the United States Supreme Court and all of the regional U.S. Courts of Appeals. In a recent study, he ranked seventh among criminal law and procedure scholars in the United States for citations in academic journals.
Before joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Kerr was an honors program trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a former law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, Kerr served as special counsel for Supreme Court nominations to Senator John Cornyn on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Kerr has briefed and argued cases in the United States Supreme Court as well as federal circuit and federal district courts. He has also testified several times before Congressional committees. He is a coauthor of the leading casebook in criminal procedure with Yale Kamisar, Wayne LaFave, Jerold Israel, and Nancy King, now in its 13th Edition. He also has written a law school casebook on computer crime law.
Kerr is frequently interviewed by major media outlets, and his scholarship and advocacy have been profiled by The New York Times and National Public Radio. The GW Law Class of 2009 awarded him the Distinguished Faculty Service Award, the Law School’s teaching award. Before attending law school, Kerr earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. Professor Kerr posts regularly at the popular blog The Volokh Conspiracy.
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