Texas Tech University


Texas Tech University School of Law is proud to announce that Geoffrey S. Corn will join the faculty as the George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law. 

Corn comes to the School of Law from South Texas College of Law Houston where he was the Gary A. Kuiper Distinguished Professor of National Security. 

"I am honored to be joining the faculty at Texas Tech University School of Law," Corn said. "The Killam Chair represents a remarkable opportunity to not only continue to pursue my passion for teaching and mentorship of law students and rising attorneys, but as a result of the unique resources it provides, to develop programs that make a substantial contribution to the professional development of students, practicing attorneys, and the broader understanding and evolution of criminal law." 

Criminal law has been the central focus of Corn's teaching, academic interest, and professional practice. He has extensive experience teaching criminal law and criminal procedure and is currently co-authoring a new criminal law textbook and several law review articles related to law and policing in the United States, which build on an already impressive publication record.

"Geoff is an outstanding addition to our faculty," said Jack Wade Nowlin, dean of the School of Law. "His tremendous record of scholarly production and deep devotion to students and graduates fits perfectly with the School of Law's commitment to expanding knowledge and putting students at the center of everything we do."

Corn's dedication to his students throughout their law school experience is clear. Over his sixteen years of teaching, he has been awarded student recognition for faculty excellence fourteen times and recognized for accessibility and mentorship thirteen times.

Drawing upon his extensive military experience, Corn will also serve as the Director of the Center for Military Law and Policy.

Prior to his academic career, Corn served in the U.S. Army for 21 years as an officer, and a final year as a civilian legal advisor, retiring in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His career included service as the Army's senior law of war expert advisor, tactical intelligence officer in Panama; supervisory defense counsel for the Western United States; Chief of International Law for US Army Europe; Professor of International and National Security Law at the US Army Judge Advocate General's School; and Chief Prosecutor for the 101st Airborne Division.

He has appeared as an expert witness at the Military Commission in Guantanamo, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and in federal court. He is co-author of National Security and The Constitution; National Security Law: Principles and Policy; Law in War: A Concise Overview; The Law of Armed Conflict: An Operational Approach; The War on Terror and The Laws of War: A Military Perspective; and a forthcoming text for first year criminal law courses. His scholarship has been cited more than 700 times.

Corn and his wife of 37 years, Jessica Patiño Corn, are excited to be joining the Red Raider family and look forward to the many opportunities that await.

He earned his B.A. from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, his J.D. with highest honors from George Washington University, his LLM as the distinguished graduate from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School. He is also a distinguished military graduate of U.S. Army Officer Candidate School, and a graduate of U.S. Army Command and General Staff Course. He is a Distinguished Fellow with the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy and the principal legal advisor for the Hybrid War Task Force established by the Jewish Institute for National Security in America, and an advisor for the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Corn will begin teaching classes in the fall 2022 semester.