In June, Orin S. Kerr was named the Scholar-in-Residence for the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation Program on Demography, Technology, and Criminal Justice at the Library of Congress. As someone who is interested in law and technology, I have really enjoyed serving on the advisory board for the Guggenheim Foundation Program, which Cynthia Jordan coordinates. Orin is also a blogger, writing for The Volokh Conspiracy (one of the blogs in our Legal Blawg Archive).
What is your academic/professional history?
I started in mechanical engineering. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. After Stanford I left engineering and went to Harvard Law School. Since law school, I’ve been a law clerk, a prosecutor, and a law professor. I was recently appointed Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.
How would you describe your job to other people?
I teach and write about the law of police investigations. My particular interest is in how police investigations and privacy laws change when technology changes. I write a lot about the role of computers and the Internet in changing how we approach privacy in criminal investigations. Think “Law & Order” meets cyberspace.
Why did you want to work at the Law Library of Congress?
It seemed like a great opportunity to explore important questions of privacy law using the wonderful resources of the Law Library of Congress. As soon as I saw the notice about the position, I knew I wanted to apply.
What is the most interesting fact you’ve learned about the Library of Congress?
What’s something most of your co-workers do not know about you?
I love beer. The hoppier, the better.