July 13, 2016

Professor Karen McDonald Henning is the recipient of the 2016 James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. This prestigious award, named in honor of alumnus James T. Barnes, Sr. '40, recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence and public service.

Karen McDonald HenningHenning brings passion and commitment to her research and writing, which have made her well-known as a scholar and presenter across the United States. That commitment is mirrored in her devotion to teaching, as she is a leader in teaching innovation at Detroit Mercy Law.

Henning is a prolific scholar. Her publications include a critical article on prosecutorial immunity and her work on the co-authored text, Criminal Pretrial Advocacy. In particular, she developed the complex set of simulated litigation materials that accompany the text, which is separate from the equally complex Teacher’s Manual. In 2016, Henning completed a major revision of the text and its accompanying materials, and she completed and secured publication of her latest article on “good faith” exceptions under the Fourth Amendment in St. John’s Law Review. She has also presented papers to national audiences on her teaching areas and on legal pedagogy.

Henning teaches Applied Legal Theory and Analysis, Advanced Advocacy, Federal Jurisdiction and a Judicial Clerkship seminar. She serves as Chair of the Admissions Committee, coordinates the Writing for Publication Program and coaches national Moot Court teams for Detroit Mercy Law.

Henning received a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Trinity College. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Collins J. Seitz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then joined the litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in the Washington, D.C. office and worked on a variety of matters before federal appellate and trial courts and administrative agencies. She subsequently served as an appellate attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. She began teaching at Detroit Mercy Law in 2007.