Prof. Orin S. Kerr

Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School

Professor Kerr teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and computer crime law. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Virginia Law Review, New York University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern University Law Review, Texas Law Review, and many other journals. According to the most recent Leiter Rankings, Professor Kerr ranks #7 among criminal law scholars in the United States for citations in academic journals. Kerr's scholarly articles also have been cited by most of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and over two dozen federal district courts. 

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 also is a former law clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States 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, he served as special counsel for Supreme Court nominations to Senator John Cornyn on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2006, Kerr was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School. In the Spring 2011 semester, he will be a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Professor Kerr is a co-author of the leading casebook in criminal procedure with Yale Kamisar, Wayne LaFave, Jerold Israel, and Nancy King, now in its 12th Edition. He is also a co-author of the leading treatise in criminal procedure (with LaFave, Israel, and King) and is the author of a law school casebook on computer crime law. Kerr is frequently interviewed by major media outlets, and his scholarship and advocacy have been profiled in the New York Times and National Public Radio. 

The GW Law Class of 2009 voted to award Professor Kerr the Distinguished Faculty Service Award, the Law School's teaching award. Kerr has also represented criminal defendants in criminal cases. He recently briefed and argued a criminal appeal in the Sixth Circuit, and he represented Lori Drew pro bono against federal criminal charges brought in Los Angeles.

Before attending law school, Kerr earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering. Kerr posts regularly at the popular blog "The Volokh Conspiracy," available at He is a member of the American Law Institute, and he was recently elected to the steering committee of the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • B.S.E., Princeton University
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • J.D., Harvard University

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Upcoming Events
2016 James Kent Summer Academy
2016 Faculty Division Summer Conference for Students Interested in Academia
August 03, 2016
Publications and Multimedia
Utah v. Strieff - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 7-19-16 featuring Orin Kerr
July 19, 2016
The Tail Light Case
Short video with Orin Kerr discussing Heien v. North Carolina
September 26, 2014
The Fisherman Case
Short video with Orin Kerr discussing Yates v. United States
September 26, 2014
The Facebook Threat Case
Short video with Orin Kerr discussing Elonis v. United States
September 26, 2014
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2014? - Event Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
September 24, 2014
Big Win for Internet Privacy
Short video with Orin Kerr discussing Riley v. California decision
June 30, 2014
Drunk Driving and the Fourth Amendment: The Implications of Missouri v. McNeely - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
May 28, 2014
Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 5-8-14 featuring Orin Kerr
May 08, 2014
NSA Court Decision - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
December 20, 2013
Cybersecurity and "Hacking Back" - Podcast
Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group Podcast
February 20, 2013
Future of the Expectation of Privacy after U.S. v. Jones - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
July 12, 2012
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida - Individual Mandate - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 03-29-12 featuring Ilya Somin and Orin Kerr
March 29, 2012
GPS Surveillance and the Supreme Court: U.S. v. Jones - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
February 06, 2012
United States v. Jones - Post-Argument SCOTUSCast
SCOTUScast 11-21-11 featuring Orin Kerr
November 21, 2011
Economic Security - Event Audio/Video
Cyber Security, National Security and Economic Security
June 28, 2011
The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011
SCOTUScast 1-18-08 featuring Orin Kerr
Virginia v. Moore
January 18, 2008
SCOTUScast 7-12-07 featuring Orin Kerr
Brendlin v. California
July 12, 2007
Al-Marri: Al-Qaeda Prisoner Dentention Case
Online Debate
July 03, 2007
2007 Bator Award Presentation - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007
Morality of First Amendment Jurisprudence - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007