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, as well as the Director of the Cybersecurity Law Initiative. Since he joined the faculty in 2001, his publications have been cited in over 2,500 articles and more than 250 judicial opinions.

Professor Kerr is a former 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 clerked for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court.

Professor Kerr has argued cases in the United States Supreme Court and three federal 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. Chief Justice Roberts appointed Professor Kerr again in 2015 to serve on the Judicial Conference’s committee to review the Criminal Justice Act.

Professor Kerr has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to writing more than 50 articles, he has authored and co-authored popular casebooks and co-authored the leading criminal procedure treatise. He also posts regularly at The Washington Post’s legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy.

The GW Law Class of 2009 awarded Professor Kerr the law school’s teaching award. 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

In the News

"Prosecutors and Tech Company Embroiled in Battle Over Info From Anti-Trump Website"

September 10, 2017

Orin S. Kerr is quoted in The Washington Post about concerns over constitutional rights prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures.

"Why the DOJ and An Internet Company are Heading to Court Over Data From an Anti-Trump Protest Website"

August 23, 2017

Orin S. Kerr is quoted by PBS "NewsHour" about the DOJ dropping its request that DreamHost turn over user data from an anti-Trump website.

"LinkedIn Data-Scraping Case Highlights Calls for SCOTUS Review of Computer Fraud Law"

August 15, 2017

Orin S. Kerr is mentioned in Reuters in regards to his 2016 paper "Norms of Computer Trespass."

"Can the U.S. Government Seize an Anti-Trump Website's Visitor Logs?"

August 15, 2017

Orin S. Kerr is quoted in The Atlantic in regards to the DOJ attempting to seize logs and IP addresses of a website advertising Inauguration Day protests.

"Looking at the Constitutionality of DOJ Request for LA-Based Tech Company's Data on Anti-Trump Protesters"

August 15, 2017

Orin S. Kerr speaks to KPCC-FM's "AirTalk" about the DOJ requesting a Los Angeles tech firm to turn over its data on its users.