Wayne Law prof has new book out

Wayne State University Professor of Law Peter Henning’s new book — his ninth — was published recently, and one of his two co-authors has a very familiar name.

The casebook, “Criminal Pretrial Advocacy” published by West Academic Publishing, was written by Henning of Wayne Law; Leonid Feller, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit; and by Karen McDonald Henning, an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law — and Peter Henning’s wife. It’s the first time the Hennings have collaborated on a book.

“We wrote this book and created the accompanying case files to try to fill a gap in the materials available for skills curriculum at law schools,” the authors wrote in the book’s preface.

While most law schools offer courses in pretrial advocacy, the focus is predominantly on civil cases. The pretrial process in a criminal prosecution is very different, the authors said, and, of course, is “crucial to the ultimate outcome of the proceedings,” as most criminal cases are resolved through a plea bargain without ever going to trial.

“Criminal Pretrial Advocacy” includes two detailed case files involving drug offenses and mortgage fraud to give students a range of issues to address as both prosecutors and defense counsel. The cases are constructed “to allow students to negotiate a plea bargain and argue contested sentencing issues,” the authors said.

Peter Henning teaches Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime and a new course based on the casebook in Criminal Pretrial Advocacy, along with other courses at Wayne Law. He joined the faculty in 1994. Since then, Henning has received a number of teaching awards, including the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, whose recipients are selected from among the entire Wayne State University faculty, and the Donald H. Gordon Teaching Award that is presented by the alumni of the Law School.

He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985. After graduation, he taught in the College of Business Administration at Loyola Marymount University, and then clerked for Chief Judge Murray M. Schwartz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.  After clerking, Henning was a senior attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission until 199. He then moved to the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked in the Fraud Section on the investigation and prosecution of bank fraud.

Henning’s scholarship focuses primarily on white collar crime, constitutional criminal procedure and attorney ethics. He frequently publishes articles, and is often quoted in the media and asked to comment on legal issues.  He is a neutral arbitrator through the NASD Dispute Resolution’s arbitration program to resolve customer and broker claims involving securities. He writes a regular column for the New York Times DealBook called White Collar Watch.

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