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Kristin Nicole Henning


Agnes N. Williams Research Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Clinics and Centers; Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic, Professor of Law

B.A., Duke; J.D., Yale; LL.M., Georgetown

Areas of Expertise:

Clinical Education, Criminal Law and Procedure, Family Law

Professor Henning joined the faculty of the Georgetown Law Center in 1995 as a Stuart-Stiller Fellow in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinics. As a Fellow she...

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Professor Henning joined the faculty of the Georgetown Law Center in 1995 as a Stuart-Stiller Fellow in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Clinics. As a Fellow she represented adults and children in the D.C. Superior Court, while supervising law students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. In 1997, Professor Henning joined the staff of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia where she continued to represent clients and helped to organize a Juvenile Unit designed to meet the multi-disciplinary needs of children in the juvenile justice system. Professor Henning served as Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit from 1998 until she left the Public Defender Service to return to Georgetown in 2001. As lead attorney, she represented juveniles in serious cases, supervised and trained new PDS attorneys, and coordinated and conducted training for court-appointed attorneys representing juveniles. 

Professor Henning has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, serving as Director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center (MAJDC), President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Children's Law and Policy, and on local D.C. Superior Court committees such as the Delinquency Working Group and the Family Court Training Committee. Professor Henning has also served as an expert consultant to a number of state and federal agencies, including the US Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.

Kris Henning worked closely with the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network to develop the Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP), a national training curriculum for juvenile defense attorneys. She is a certified JTIP trainer and has organized numerous trainings for practicing juvenile defense attorneys, including the JTIP Summer Academy, an annual one week intensive training program for juvenile defense attorneys hosted at Georgetown Law in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), the DC Juvenile Panel Trial Practice Group (a monthly training program for DC CJA bar attorneys), and trainings in rural areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She is also often invited to train juvenile defenders throughout the country.

She has published a number of law review articles on race and the juvenile justice system, the role of child's counsel and the role of parents in delinquency cases, confidentiality in juvenile proceedings, victims' rights in juvenile court, and parental consent in the Fourth Amendment context.  She is also a lead contributor to the Juvenile Law and Practice chapter of the District of Columbia Bar Practice Manual, serves as the Reporter for the ABA Task Force on Standards for Dual-jurisdiction and Crossover Youth, and has served as an investigator in eight state assessments of the access to counsel and quality of representation for accused juveniles. 

In 2005, Kris was selected as a Fellow in the Emerging Leaders Program of the Duke University Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Professor Henning also traveled to Liberia in 2006 and 2007 to aid the country in juvenile justice reform and was awarded the 2008 Shanara Gilbert Award by the Clinical Section of the Association of American Law Schools in May for her commitment to social justice on behalf of children, service to the cause of clinical legal education, and an interest in international legal education.  In 2013, Professor Henning was awarded the Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense by NJDC. In 2105, she received the Henning-Mlyniec Award for Youth Justice from the DC Lawyers for Youth, was elected to American Law Institute (ALI), and was invited to serve as an Adviser to ALI's Restatement on Children and the Law project. Henning has been a visiting professor at Yale and NYU Law Schools and holds a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale University, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University.  

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Kristin Henning, Race, Paternalism, and the Right to Counsel, 54 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 649-694 (2017).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Kristin Henning, Status, Race and the Rule of Law in the Grand Jury, 58 How. L.J. 833-843 (2015).    [W] [WWW]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Kristin Henning, Boys to Men: The Role of Policing in the Socialization of Black Boys, in Policing the Black Men: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment 57-94 (Angela J. Davis ed., New York: Random House 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning & the Students of the Juvenile Justice Clinic, Juvenile Law and Practice, in 1 The District of Columbia Practice Manual 697-761 (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning, "Deserve Ain't Got Nothing To Do with It": The Deconstruction of Moral Justifications for Punishment Through The Wire, in Punishment in Popular Culture 117-160 (Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. & Austin Sarat eds., New York: New York University Press 2015).    [BOOK]
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Forthcoming Works and Works in Progress

  • Kristin Henning, Juvenile Defender Training Manual (Wash., D.C.: National Juvenile Defender Center & MacArthur Foundation’s Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network forthcoming).   
  • Kristin Henning, Standards Relating to Dual-Jurisdiction and Crossover Youth, in Juvenile Justice Standards (D.C.: American Bar Association forthcoming).   

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Kristin Henning, Race, Paternalism, and the Right to Counsel, 54 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 649-694 (2017).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Kristin Henning, Status, Race and the Rule of Law in the Grand Jury, 58 How. L.J. 833-843 (2015).    [W] [WWW]
  • Kristin Henning, Teaching Fiction?: The Wire as a Pedagogical Tool in the Examination of Punishment Theory, 64 J. Legal Educ. 120-122 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Kristin Henning, Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior in Communities of Color: The Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice Reform, 98 Cornell L. Rev. 383-461 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Kristin Henning, Juvenile Justice After Graham v. Florida: Keeping Due Process, Autonomy, and Paternalism in Balance, 38 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 17-51 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Kristin Henning, The Fourth Amendment Rights of Children at Home: When Parental Authority Goes Too Far, 53 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 55-109 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Kristin Henning, Denial of the Child’s Right to Counsel, Voice, and Participation in Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings, Child Welfare, Sept./Oct. 2010, at 121-138.   
  • Kristin Henning, What's Wrong with Victims' Rights in Juvenile Court?: Retributive Versus Rehabilitative Systems of Justice, 97 Cal. L. Rev. 1107-1170 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Kristin Henning, Loyalty, Paternalism, and Rights: Client Counseling Theory and the Role of Child's Counsel in Delinquency Cases, 81 Notre Dame L. Rev. 245-324 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Kristin Henning, It Takes a Lawyer to Raise a Child?: Allocating Responsibilities Among Parents, Children, and Lawyers in Delinquency Cases, 6 Nev. L.J. 836-889 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Kristin Henning, Eroding Confidentiality in Delinquency Proceedings: Should Schools and Public Housing Authorities Be Notified?, 79 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 520-611 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Kristin Henning, Boys to Men: The Role of Policing in the Socialization of Black Boys, in Policing the Black Men: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment 57-94 (Angela J. Davis ed., New York: Random House 2017).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning & the Students of the Juvenile Justice Clinic, Juvenile Law and Practice, in 1 The District of Columbia Practice Manual 697-761 (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 2016).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning, "Deserve Ain't Got Nothing To Do with It": The Deconstruction of Moral Justifications for Punishment Through The Wire, in Punishment in Popular Culture 117-160 (Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. & Austin Sarat eds., New York: New York University Press 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning, Combating Decision Fatigue in Supervision, in Transforming the Education of Lawyers: The Theory and Practice of Clinical Pedagogy 233-241 (Susan Bryant, Elliott S. Milstein & Ann C. Shalleck eds., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning, Juvenile Law and Practice, in 1 The District of Columbia Practice Manual (Wash., D.C.: District of Columbia Bar Association 8th-17 ed. 1999-2008).    [BOOK]
  • Kristin Henning, Defining the Lawyer-Self: Using Therapeutic Jurisprudence to Define the Lawyer's Role and Build Alliances that Aid the Child Client, in The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Practicing Law as a Healing Profession 411-446 (Marjorie A. Silver ed., Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 2007).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Northwestern University School of Law's Children and Family Justice Center and Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, et al. as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner, Montgomery v. Louisiana, No. 14-280 (U.S. July 29, 2015).   
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In the News

"Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men," coverage on NPR, May 23, 2017, featuring Professor Kristin Henning.

"Second chances: More harm than good?," a letter to the editor, The Washington Post, December 7, 2016, signed by Visiting Associate Professor Vida Johnson, Professor Abbe Smith, directory, Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Professor Kristin Henning, director, Juvenile Justice Clinic.

"GULC Launches Williams Research Professorships," coverage in The Hoya, Feberuary 19, 2016, featuring Dean William M. Treanor, Associate Dean for Research Josh Teitelbaum, Professors Kristin Henning and John Mikhail, and Agnes Williams.

"DCLY's Fall Ball Honors Toni Bush," coverage by Bisnow, December 3, 2015, mentioning Professors Kristin Henning and Wallace Mlyniec.

"GULC Professors Honored," coverage in The Hoya, November 17, 2015, featuring Professor Kristin Henning and Professor Wallace Mlyniec and quoting R. Daniel Okonkwo, L'05.

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"Opinion: How Policing Black Boys Leads To The Conditioning Of Black Men," coverage on NPR, May 23, 2017, featuring Professor Kristin Henning.

"Second chances: More harm than good?," a letter to the editor, The Washington Post, December 7, 2016, signed by Visiting Associate Professor Vida Johnson, Professor Abbe Smith, directory, Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Professor Kristin Henning, director, Juvenile Justice Clinic.

"GULC Launches Williams Research Professorships," coverage in The Hoya, Feberuary 19, 2016, featuring Dean William M. Treanor, Associate Dean for Research Josh Teitelbaum, Professors Kristin Henning and John Mikhail, and Agnes Williams.

"DCLY's Fall Ball Honors Toni Bush," coverage by Bisnow, December 3, 2015, mentioning Professors Kristin Henning and Wallace Mlyniec.

"GULC Professors Honored," coverage in The Hoya, November 17, 2015, featuring Professor Kristin Henning and Professor Wallace Mlyniec and quoting R. Daniel Okonkwo, L'05.

"D.C. mayor’s plan for ‘warrantless searches’ appears dead on arrival," coverage in The Washington Post, October 21, 2015, quoting Professor Kristin Henning.

 Professor Kris Henning (LL.M.’97) and Professor Abbe Smith were elected to the American Law Institute, October 21, 2015.

"“The Wire” is right about everything: David Simon nailed the police, media, politicians," an opinion piece by Professor Kristin Henning, appearing in Salon, June 14, 2015.

"Two lawyers work to get juvenile offenders back in school," coverage in the Philly Inquirer, April 16, 2015, quoting Professor Kristin Henning, and alumni Maheen Kaleem, L’13 and Elana Baurer, L’13.

The 50 Under 50 list published by Lawyers Of Color, April 21, 2014, includes Professor Kristin Henning, LLM'97, Osamudia James, L'04, Jaya Ramji-Nogales, LLM'06, Kimani Paul-Emile, L'96, Tuan Samahon, L'00, Anthony Varona, LLM'96, and Ryan Williams, L'04.

 "From Graham to Miller and Jackson: Holding to Constitutional Principle and Ending Juvenile Life Without Parole," ACSblog, March 13, 2012, by Professor Kristin Henning

"The Case Against Juvenile Life Without Parole: Good Policy and Good Law," FindLaw, October 26, 2009, by Professor Kristin Henning.  

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