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Cara  Warren Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Law

Cunningham Warren, Cara
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 329
Phone: (313) 596-0261
Cunningham Warren, Cara
Areas of Expertise:
American Federalism
International and Comparative Law
Legal Education

Biography

Professor Warren joined the Detroit Mercy Law Faculty in 2000 and recently earned her Master of Laws from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She teaches Comparative Applied Legal Theory and Analysis and Public International Law.  She is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and is the immediate past co-chair and current ex officio member of its Global Legal Writing Skills Committee, which was awarded the Global Legal Skills Award for Outstanding Programming in Support of Global Legal Skills Education during her tenure.  She also serves as an executive member of the AALS Section on North American Cooperation.

Professor Warren began her administrative work at the School in 2005, when she was named Director and then Assistant Dean (2006-09) of Academic Initiatives. Her chief responsibility in this role was to assist the dean in the implementation of Detroit Mercy Law's new curriculum, which includes the innovative Law Firm Program. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Curriculum Director for the Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and then Interim Assistant Dean of International Programs.

Before coming to Detroit Mercy Law, Professor Warren completed a federal judicial clerkship and litigated at both the trial and appellate levels, specializing in employment, civil rights, and tort-reform cases.

Recent Publications:

Cara Cunningham Warren, Sanctuary Lost? Exposing the Reality of the 'Sanctuary-City' Debate & Liberal States-Rights' Litigation, 63:2 Wayne L. REV.__ (forthcoming 2018).

SSRN Top Ten Download List for September and October 2017

Cara Cunningham Warren, An American Reset—Safe Water & a Workable Model of Federalism

27 Duke Envtl. L. & Pol’y F. 51 (2016). SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October, and November 2016

Cara Cunningham Warren, Achieving the American Bar Association's Pedagogy Mandate: Empowerment in the Midst of a Perfect Storm, 14:1 CONN. PUB. INT. L.J. 139 (2014).

SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October, and November 2014

Andrew Moore, Cara Cunningham & Margaret Costello, The Globalization of Legal Education, Mich. B.J., Nov. 2013, at 40.

Presentations:

Sanctuary Lost? Evaluating the Consequences of Liberal States’ Rights, Legal Writing Institute Writers’ Workshop, Washington, D.C., 2017

What U.S. Law Professors Should Know About Legal Research in Canada and Mexico –It's Not Just NAFTA Anymore, Association of American Law Schools Annual Conference Section on North American Cooperation Panel Presentation, San Francisco, California, 2017

An American Reset: Safe Water & a Workable Model of Federalism, Washburn University School of Law, Junior Legal Writing Scholars’ Workshop, Topeka, Kansas, 2016

Avoiding Graft: Using Underlying Assumptions & Purposeful Teaching to Promote International Student Learning, Global Legal Skills Conference X, John Marshall School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey Chicago, Illinois, 2015

Exceeding the ABA's New Accreditation Requirements to Meet the Needs of Current Students and the Communities They Will Serve (roundtable forum), Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Conference, UNLV William A. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2014

Plenary Speaker--Empowerment Teaching: The Intersection and Impact of Learning Theories in the Classroom, Association of Legal Writing Directors Innovative Teaching Workshop, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2013 (Invited speaker)

Plain English Writing Skills for Legal Services Providers, Committee on Regional Training Webinar, 2013 (Invited speaker)

Empowerment Teaching & Metacognition: Putting Modern Learning Theories to Work Capital Area Legal Writing Conference, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (2013)

Scholarship & Other Work:

Cara Cunningham Warren, Sanctuary Lost? Exposing the Reality of the 'Sanctuary-City' Debate & Liberal States-Rights' Litigation, Wayne L. REV., Forthcoming.

SSRN Top Ten Download List for September 2017

Cara Cunningham Warren, An American Reset—Safe Water & a Workable Model of Federalism forthcoming Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum (December 2016).

SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October, and November 2016

Cara Cunningham Warren, Achieving the American Bar Association's Pedagogy Mandate: Empowerment in the Midst of a Perfect Storm, 14:1 CONN. PUB. INT. L.J. 139 (2014). SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October, and November 2014

Andrew Moore, Cara Cunningham & Margaret Costello, The Globalization of Legal Education, Mich. B.J., Nov. 2013, at 40.

Cara Cunningham & Michelle Streicher, The Methodology of Persuasion: A Process-Based Approach to Legal Writing, 13 LEGAL WRITING 159 (2007).

Courses Taught:

Comparative Legal Writing and Research Law (1070)

International Law (3200)

 
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