Orin Kerr

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1971 –

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Who is Orin Kerr?

Orin S. Kerr is a professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. He is known as a scholar in the subjects of computer crime law and internet surveillance. Kerr is one of the contributors to the law-oriented blog titled The Volokh Conspiracy. He was one of the lawyers for alleged MySpace "cyberbully" Lori Drew.

Kerr was born in 1971 in New York and graduated from Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware in 1989. In 1993, he received a B.S.E. magna cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University; in 1994, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He attended Harvard Law School, where he was executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy; he received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1997.

In 1997–1998, Kerr was a law clerk for Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 1998 to 2001, he was employed as a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division. In 2001, he joined the faculty of George Washington University Law School.

In 2003, Kerr took a leave of absence from the law school to clerk for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court during October Term 2003. In 2009, he served U.S. Senator John Cornyn of the Senate Judiciary Committee as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations during Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as Supreme Court Justice; a year later, he again served as an advisor to Cornyn, this time on the Supreme Court confirmation of Elena Kagan. In 2012, he was appointed to a position as a scholar-in-residence at the Library of Congress; the two-year part-time position focused on information technology, privacy, and criminal justice.

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on July 23, 2013


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