Orin S. Kerr to Deliver Doyle-Winter Lecture

Orin Kerr

Orin S. Kerr, one of the country’s foremost scholars of the Fourth Amendment and criminal procedure, will deliver the Michael A. Doyle ’62 and Bunny Winter Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law Lecture.

Kerr will present the lecture, titled “Searching, Seizing, and Moving,” on March 26.

The lecture will consider whether Fourth Amendment protections change when property is moved from one setting to another. The rules for conducting search and seizure, Kerr notes, vary according to place — for example, a home, a car, or a border. He will address the questions that arise when property that has received certain place-based protections is taken elsewhere.


During the fall 2023 term, Kerr served as the third Michael Doyle ’62 and Bunny Winter Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School. The visiting professorship brings faculty from a wide range of perspectives for semester-long visits with the aim of expanding the community’s intellectual horizons. The professorship is made possible thanks to a generous gift from Michael Doyle ’62 and Bunny Winter.

Kerr is the William G. Simon Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. A leading expert on the Fourth Amendment and criminal procedure, Kerr helped establish the field of computer crime law. He has authored more than 70 law review articles, over half of which have been cited in judicial opinions. Kerr consistently ranks among the most cited and influential legal scholars in the United States.

Kerr was previously the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School. Among other terms of public service, he worked as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. From 2013 to 2019, Kerr served on the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules.

Kerr clerked for the Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S Supreme Court and the Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He studied Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University and Stanford University. Kerr received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

The lecture will take place at 4:30 p.m. on March 26 in SLB Room 127 and is open to the Yale Law School community and invited guests only. Registration is required.