Orin S. Kerr

Portrait of Orin S. Kerr
Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


Orin S. Kerr is a nationally recognized scholar of criminal procedure and computer crime law. He has authored more than 50 articles, and his scholarship has been cited in over 150 judicial opinions and more than 2000 academic works. 

Before joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Kerr was a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in 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. 

Professor Kerr has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court and the Third, Fourth, and Sixth Circuits. He has testified six times before Congressional committees. In 2013, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Professor Kerr to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Professor Kerr has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania, and he served as a scholar-in-residence at the Law Library of Congress from 2012 to 2014. In the summer of 2009 and 2010, he served as special counsel for Supreme Court nominations to Senator John Cornyn on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The GW Law Class of 2009 awarded Professor Kerr the Law School’s teaching award. He posts regularly at the popular blog The Volokh Conspiracy. Before attending law school, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering.

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BSE, Princeton University; MS, Stanford University; JD, Harvard University