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Henning receives Detroit Mercy’s Barnes Faculty Scholar Award

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. of the class of 1940, recognizes a faculty member’s outstanding scholarship, teaching excellence, and public service.

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 Hon. 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.

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Groups file lawsuit to halt auction of tax-foreclosed homes

DETROIT (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed to prevent the auctioning off of tax-foreclosed homes in Wayne County and Detroit.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed the suit Wednesday on behalf of some homeowners. It names the county, its treasurer and the city of Detroit.

The groups say properties were over-assessed by the city, and that the process for homeowners to apply for a poverty exemption was “in some cases, impossible.”

About 90 percent of the 15,170 properties from the 2013 tax year facing auction are in Detroit.

City Corporation Counsel Melvin Hollowell says Wednesday that Detroit helped work on changing state law that allowed installment plans which kept more than 27,000 owners in their homes last year.