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Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr

Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor of Law

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

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A nationally recognized scholar of criminal procedure and computer crime law, Orin S. Kerr currently directs the Cybersecurity Law Initiative at George Washington University Law School. He will join the faculty at USC Gould School of Law as the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor of Law in January 2018. Kerr has previously been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania. An accomplished teacher, Kerr received the outstanding teaching award from the George Washington Law School Class of 2009.

In addition to writing more than 50 articles, he has authored and co-authored popular casebooks and co-authored the leading criminal procedure treatise. Since 2001, his publications have been cited in over 2,500 articles and more than 250 judicial opinions. He also posts regularly at The Washington Post’s legal blog, “The Volokh Conspiracy.”

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 Kerr to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. In 2015, the Chief Justice again appointed him to serve on the Judicial Conference’s committee to review the Criminal Justice Act.

Kerr graduated from Princeton University and received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He earned his law degree from Harvard University, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. After law school, 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. He then served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and as a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The Washington Post
November 19, 2017
Re: Edward Kleinbard

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