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

"The 'Lawyer Dog' Decision Isn't Obviously Wrong"

November 03, 2017

Orin S. Kerr writes in The Washington Post about the Louisiana Supreme Court's denial of review in State v. Demesme.

"The Dangerous Myth of the Judicial 'Resistance'"

October 31, 2017

Orin S. Kerr is quoted in The New York Times about the politics of delegitimization. 

"A Thought on the Papadopoulos Plea"

October 30, 2017

Orin S. Kerr writes in The Washington Post about the plea deal of George Papadopoulos and why it is the most significant news. 

"Court Consulted on Electronic Searches at Airports (Audio)"

October 27, 2017

Orin S. Kerr speaks to Bloomberg about a lawsuit over the right to search electronic devices at airports. 

"The Fourth Amendment And Querying the 702 Database for Evidence of Crimes"

October 20, 2017

Orin S. Kerr writes in The Washington Post about the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.