Karen McDonald  Henning

Associate Professor of Law

Henning, Karen McDonald
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 307
Phone: (313) 596-0231
Henning, Karen McDonald
Areas of Expertise:
Appellate Advocacy
Civil Procedure
Criminal Procedure
Federal Jurisdiction
Legal Writing
Pretrial Litigation
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania '86
  • B.A., with honors, Trinity College '81


Professor Henning graduated 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 Judge Collins Seitz for the Third Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. Professor Henning then joined the litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom and worked on a variety of matters before federal appellate and trial courts as well as federal administrative agencies.  She subsequently served as an appellate attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and represented the District of Columbia in cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Professor Henning teaches Applied Legal Theory and Analysis I & II, Civil Procedure I, Criminal Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, and Pretrial Criminal Litigation. Her scholarship principally focuses on the remedies available for violations of constitutional rights. In her most recent, co-authored piece, she explored the benefits of providing assessments and feedback to law students throughout the semester. 

Recent Publications:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Increasing Assessments and Feedback in Law School Classes, 95 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. __ (Forthcoming 2017) (with Julia Belian)

Reasonable” Police Mistakes: Fourth Amendment Claims and the Good Faith Exception After Heien, 90 St. John’s L. Rev. 271 (2016) (lead article)

Criminal Pretrial Advocacy (2d ed. Thompson West, 2016) (with Peter Henning and Leonid Feller)


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Increasing Assessments and Feedback in Law School Classes, University of Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium, Detroit, MI, March 3, 2017 (with Julia Belian)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: How Bar Exam Ready Students Become Practice Ready Practitioners, INSTITUTE FOR LAW TEACHING AND LEARNING, University of Washburn Law School, Topeka, Kansas, June 11, 2016 (with Julia Belian)

Beyond the Trophy: Creating a Successful Moot Court Program, LEGAL WRITING INSTITUTE-sponsored Moot Court Conference, Marquette Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 25, 2014 (with Michelle Richards)

Courses Taught:

Applied Legal Theory and Analysis (1080)

Civil Procedure I (Law 1150)

Criminal Procedure (Law 2600)

Federal Jurisdiction (3170)

Advanced Advocacy (6000)

Law Firm Program: Pre-trial Criminal Advocacy (7350)