Corey Rayburn Yung

Corey Rayburn Yung
  • William R. Scott Research Professor


Corey Rayburn Yung joined the KU Law faculty as a visiting professor in 2011 and accepted a full-time position in 2012. He was named as a William R. Scott Research Professor in 2019. Yung's scholarship has appeared in, among other publications, the Boston College Law ReviewGeorge Washington Law ReviewHarvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law ReviewIowa Law Review and Northwestern University Law Review. His research has been cited by federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States in Kennedy v. Louisiana. Yung was awarded the Lisa Goldberg Fellowship at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute in 2019.

Before he began his professorial career, Yung served as an associate for Shearman & Sterling in New York and clerked for the Honorable Michael J. Melloy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As part of his work as a lawyer, Yung helped create a training program for the Liberian criminal defense bar, assisted the Office for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, represented a death row inmate in Florida, and investigated criminal allegations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2002
Executive Editor, Journal of Law & Politics
B.A. in Political Science, University of Iowa, 1999
First Speaker, National Debate Tournament


Criminal Law, Empirical Legal Studies, Law and Courts, Legal Interpretation, Legal Systems, Machine Learning, and Sexual Violence


New York, 2003

Career History

Associate, Shearman & Sterling, 2002-2004, 2006-2007; Law Clerk, the Hon. Michael J. Melloy, United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 2004-2006; Assistant Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2007-2009; Associate Professor, John Marshall Law School, 2009-2012; Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, 2012-2014; Fellow, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University, 2019-2020; Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law, 2014-present.


Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Sex Crimes


Selected Publications


  • SCREWED: AMERICA’S SEX LAW DYSFUNCTION (work-in-progress), draft chapters available from author
  • FEMINIST JUDGMENTS: CRIMINAL LAW (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021), co-editor with I. Bennett Capers & Sarah Deer
  • CRIMINAL LAW: SECOND EDITION (Creative Commons, 2020)
  • SEX CRIMES: FIRST EDITION (Creative Commons, 2020)


  • Rape Law Gatekeeping, 58 BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW 205 (2017)
  • Constitutional Communication, 96 BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 303 (2016)
  • Concealing Campus Sexual Assault: An Empirical Investigation, 21 PSYCHOLOGY, PUBLIC POLICY & LAW 1 (2015)
  • Rape Law Fundamentals, 26 YALE JOURNAL OF LAW & FEMINISM 1 (2015)
  • How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America’s Hidden Rape Crisis, 99 IOWA LAW REVIEW 1197 (2014)
  • A Typology of Judging Styles, 107 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1757 (2013)
  • Beyond Ideology: An Empirical Study of Partisanship and Independence in the Federal Courts, 80 GEORGE WASHINGTON LAW REVIEW 505 (2012)
  • Flexing Judicial Muscle: An Empirical Study of Judicial Activism in the Federal Courts, 105 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1 (2011)
  • Judged by the Company You Keep: An Empirical Study of the Ideologies of Federal Judges, 51 BOSTON COLLEGE LAW REVIEW 1133 (2010)
  • The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders, 45 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS – CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 435 (2010)
    • Featured at Angela Harris, Governing Through Sex Crimes?, JOTWELL, Oct. 22, 2010; cited in Ohio v. Blankenship, 48 N.E.3d 516 (Ohio 2015)
  • One of These Laws is Not Like the Others: Why the Federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act Raises New Constitutional Questions, 46 HARVARD JOURNAL ON LEGISLATION 369 (2009)
    • Cited in United States v. Bollinger, 798 F.3d 201 (4th Cir. 2015); Doe v. Dep't ofPub. Safety & Corr. Servs., 62 A.3d 123 (Md. 2013)
  • Banishment by a Thousand Laws: Residency Restrictions on Sex Offenders, 85 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 101 (2007)
    • Cited in Shaw v. Patton, 823 F.3d 556 (10th Cir. 2016)
  • To Catch a Sex Thief: The Burden of Performance in Rape and Sexual Assault Trials, 15 COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF GENDER & LAW 437 (2006)
  • Better Dead than R(ap)ed?: The Patriarchal Rhetoric Driving Capital Rape Statutes, 78 ST. JOHN’S LAW REVIEW 1119 (2004)
    • Cited in Kennedy v. Louisiana, 554 U.S. 407 (2008)

Book Chapters 

  • Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders, SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATORS: A CLINICAL SCIENCE HANDBOOK (William T. O’Donohue & Daniel Bromberg, eds.) (Springer, 2019)
  • Is Relying on Title IX a Mistake?, WOMEN AND THE LAW (Tracy A. Thomas, ed.) (Thomson Reuters, 2017)
  • The Death Penalty, SEX OFFENDER LAWS: FAILED POLICIES, NEW DIRECTIONS (Richard G. Wright, ed.) (Springer, 2014)


  • Benefits and Limitations of Computer Content Analysis of Legal Documents, 65 FLORIDA LAW REVIEW FORUM 1 (2013)
  • The Incredible Ordinariness of Federal Penalties for Inactivity, 2012 WISCONSIN LAW REVIEW 841 (2012)
  • Supreme Court Opinions and the Justices Who Cite Them: A Response to Cross, 97 IOWA LAW REVIEW BULLETIN 41 (2012)
  • Is Military Law Relevant to the “Evolving Standards of Decency” Embodied in the Eighth Amendment?, 103 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW COLLOQUY 140 (2008)
  • The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and the Commerce Clause, 21 FEDERAL SENTENCING REPORTER 133 (2008)


  • Sex Panic and Denial, 21 NEW CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW 458 (2018)
  • Is Relying on Title IX a Mistake?, 64 UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAW REVIEW 891 (2016)
  • The Ticking Sex Offender Bomb, 15 JOURNAL OF GENDER, RACE & JUSTICE 81 (2012)
  • Sex Offender Exceptionalism and Preventive Detention, 101 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW & CRIMINOLOGY 969 (2011)
  • The Disappearing Ex Post Facto Clause: From Substantive Bulwark to Procedural Nuisance, 61 SYRACUSE LAW REVIEW 447 (2011)


  • F.B.I. Allowed for More Victimization by Permitting a Child Pornography Website, NEW YORK TIMES, January 27, 2016
  • Distinguished Precedents, JOTWELL, April 4, 2014
  • Opinions, Briefs, and Computers – Oh My!, JOTWELL, July 16, 2013
  • Consistency is the Hobgoblin of Federal Judges, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, January 2, 2011


  • Sourdough, python package for easy design and implementation of composite object workflows
  • simplify, python package for social scientists to acquire, wrangle, analyze, and visualize data
  • CourtPy, python-package for parsing, wrangling, merging, munging, analyzing, and visualizing court opinion data

Student Notes 

  • Why are YOU Taking Gender and the Law?: Deconstructing the Norms that Keep Men Out of Law School’s “Pink Ghetto,” 14 HASTINGS WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL 71 (2003)
  • After Napster, 6 VIRGINIA JOURNAL OF LAW & TECHNOLOGY 16 (2001)

Selected Presentations

  • Screwed (work in progress): Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting
  • Appellate Roulette (work in progress): CrimFest – Cardozo School of Law
  • The Hollow Promise of Lawrence v. Texas (work in progress): Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting
  • Rating Law Schools with a Student-Focused, Output-Based System (work in progress): Conference on Empirical Legal Studies – Washington University School of Law
  • Rape Law Gatekeeping: University of Iowa, Feminist Judgments Conference
  • Constitutional Communication: Critical Legal Conference – University of Glasgow, LatCrit XIV – American University Washington College of Law
  • Is Relying on Title IX a Mistake?: Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, University of Miami School of Law, University of Kansas School of Law
  • Concealing Campus Sexual Assault: Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
  • How to Lie with Rape Statistics: Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies – University of Pennsylvania Law School, Case Western University School of Law, Feminist Influence on Criminal Law Workshop – University of Colorado Law School, Sex and Justice Conference – University of Michigan 
  • A Typology of Judging Styles: Princeton University Public Law Colloquium, Workshop on Judicial Behavior – Northwestern University School of Law & University of Chicago Law School, New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop – Vanderbilt Law School, Conference on Empirical Legal Studies – Northwestern University School of Law, Junior Faculty Workshop – Washington University Law School, National Foundation for Judicial Excellence Conference, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting, Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, University of Iowa College of Law, University of Kansas Department of Psychology, University of Kansas School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Flexing Judicial Muscle: Conference on Empirical Legal Studies – Yale Law School, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting Empirical Legal Studies Workshop, Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association
  • Judged by the Company You Keep: Midwest Law & Society Retreat – University of Wisconsin Law School, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, Midwest Political Science Association National Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law Colloquium
  • The Emerging Criminal War on Sex Offenders: Junior Criminal Law Professor Conference – George Washington University Law School, Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, National Workshop for Appellate Staff Attorneys by the Federal Judicial Center
  • One of These Laws is Not Like the Others: Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop, Midwest Law & Society Retreat – University of Wisconsin Law School, Federal Criminal Practice Seminar – Eastern District of North Carolina