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52nd Annual William H. Leary Lecture – Orin S. Kerr

February 15, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Personal Privacy, Cell Phone Tracking and the 4th Amendment

5:30 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – Lecture

S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Most adults carry a cell phone, and our cell phones generate tracking records whenever they are used. When can the government get those records and learn where people have been? At the 2018 Leary Lecture, Professor Orin Kerr will explore this issue, including the case of Carpenter v. United States. In this case, argued in November and still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices must weigh whether the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches limits government access to cell phone tracking records. The decision promises to be a blockbuster for the Fourth Amendment in a high-tech age. Kerr will explain the choices the justices face in the case and offer predictions on the impact a ruling may have on personal privacy.

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Free and open to the public. 1 hour CLE.

The Leary Lecture is named in honor of William H. Leary, Dean of the University of Utah College of Law from 1915 to 1950, who was renowned for his intellectual rigor and love of teaching. The Leary Lecture has been an annual event since 1965.


Orin S. Kerr, Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law
A nationally recognized scholar of criminal procedure and computer crime law, Orin S. Kerr recently directed the Cybersecurity Law Initiative at George Washington University Law School. He joined 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.

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.

At issue in Carpenter v. United States is whether the government violates the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution by accessing an individual’s historical cell phone locations records without a warrant.  The case stems from a string of robberies at several Detroit Radio Shacks in 2010 in which the defendants were prosecuted in part using evidence showing their locations in the neighborhoods of the robberies.

The high court is expected to rule on the case by June, with some legal scholars calling the case the 21st century’s most important electronic privacy case.


For questions contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.

Free parking is available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium. We encourage you to use public transportation to our events. Take TRAX University line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner. The law school is on the Red Route for the University’s free campus shuttles (College of Law stop).


February 15, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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