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Wayne Law Professor Peter Henning publishes book on 'White Collar Crime'

October 2, 2013

DETROIT — Wayne State University Law School Professor Peter J. Henning is co-author of a new book, White Collar Crime.

The book, Henning’s 10th, is a treatise on the topic. Its publisher, West Academic Publishing, is calling it an indispensable guide for students and practitioners alike. Co-authors with Henning are professors Jerold H. Israel of the University of Michigan Law School, Nancy J. King of Vanderbilt University Law School and Ellen S. Podgor of Stetson University College of Law.

“This is the first edition of the book, and it is the first work that gives extensive treatment to both the substantive law and procedural aspects of white collar crime investigations, which also includes regulatory actions by federal agencies such as the SEC,” Henning said. “White collar crime has become a major focus at both the federal and state level, and the book provides a comprehensive analysis of the cases and legal issues that can arise in these cases. My co-authors are among the leading academics in the field of criminal procedure and white collar crime.”

White Collar Crime analyzes bankruptcy, computer, conspiracy, corruption, currency reporting, environment, false statement, fraud, perjury, racketeering and tax crimes.

Procedural issues are addressed in detail, including the grand jury process, agency investigations, parallel proceedings, self-incrimination (testimony and documents), searches and privileges. In addition to statutes and case law, the book covers strategy and Department of Justice internal guides. It also includes sentencing of both individuals and corporations in white collar cases.

Henning teaches White Collar Crime, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Pretrial Advocacy and 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 and the Donald H. Gordon Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985. He was a senior attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission until 1991, working on cases involving insider trading, penny stock fraud, market manipulation and accounting irregularities. He then moved to the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, working 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 often is quoted in the media and asked to comment on legal issues. He is a neutral arbiter through the National Association of Securities Dealers Dispute Resolution arbitration program to resolve customer and broker claims involving securities. Henning also writes a regular column for The New York Times DealBook called White Collar Watch.