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Cara  Cunningham Warren

Associate 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 Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on North American Cooperation and the former Co-Chair of the LWI’s Global Legal Writing Skills Committee, which was awarded during her tenure the Global Legal Skills Award for Outstanding Programming in Support of International Legal Skills Education. 

Professor Warren’s scholarship focuses on sovereignty/balance of power and cooperation questions at the international and domestic levels.  As of August 2018, she was ranked in the top 10% of all authors on SSRN in terms of total new downloads.  She is currently working on a textbook, International Law in Context, which brings together her expertise in international law and legal education.

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.

Scholarship & Other Works 

Cara Cunningham Warren, International Law in Context
Forthcoming casebook to be published by Carolina Academic Press in September 2020

Cara Cunningham Warren, Prosecuting the Crime of Aggression as a Complement: A Framework to Promote the ICC’s  Legitimacy in the Context of Head-of-State Prosecutions, 51 Geo. Wash. Int’l. L. Rev. __ (2019).

Cara Cunningham Warren, Sanctuary Lost?  Exposing the Reality of the “Sanctuary-City” Debate and Liberal States-Rights’ Litigation, 63:2 Wayne L. Rev. 155 (2018).
SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October & November 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 & November 2016

Cara Cunningham Warren, Achieving the American Bar Association’s Pedagogy Mandate:  Empowerment in the Midst of a Perfect Storm, 14 Conn. Pub. Int. L.J. 139 (2014).
SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October & November 2014

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

Cara Cunningham Warren, Client Interview Training: A Reflection on the “Quantum Shift” in Legal Education, Mich.  B.J., Dec. 2017, at 42.
SSRN Top Ten List December 2017.

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

Select Presentations:

Law in the Post-Truth Era 
Washburn University School of Law, Washburn Law Journal Symposium
Topeka, Kansas (November 2018)

Cultural Competency as a Core Lawyering “Skill” 
Marquette University Law School, Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2018)

Head-of-State Prosecutions in the International Criminal Court: A Framework to Promote International Justice 
University of Richmond School of Law, Mid-Atlantic Junior Faculty Forum
Richmond, Virginia (2018)

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
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 
Northwestern University School of Law & John Marshall Law School Global Legal Skills Conference X
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
Las Vegas, Nevada (2014)

Meaningful Legal Education Reform:  A Framework to Improve Teaching Effectiveness in the Midst of a “Perfect Storm” 
University of Kansas School of Law, ALWD Scholars’ Forum
Lawrence, Kansas (2013)

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

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

Courses Taught:

Comparative Legal Writing and Research Law (1070)

International Law (3200)

 
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