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Wayne Law Professor Henning an International Authority on White Collar Crime

July 15, 2009

DETROIT (July 15, 2009) – Thanks to what seems to be a recent increase of corruption on Wall Street, Main Street and everywhere in between, Wayne State University Law School Professor Peter Henning’s phone is now ringing more than ever. Professor Henning, a former senior attorney with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and trial attorney with the Department of Justice, is contacted almost daily to give his expert legal advice and opinions on issues related to white collar crime, securities law and professional responsibility.

Professor Henning is routinely quoted in hard copy and online publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Business Week, USA Today, Reuters, Bloomberg and many others. He is also known internationally, serving as a resource for TV and radio stations, publications and online sites in Australia, England, Germany, New Zealand and beyond.

“Bernie Madoff, Kwame Kilpatrick, General Motors, Apple Inc., Monica Conyers and Mayer Brown are just a few individuals and corporations that have been garnering ample coverage in local, national and international publications throughout the last year,” said Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. “Professor Henning’s experience, scholarly endeavors and abiding interest in white collar crime give him the knowledge to speak on these issues, providing commentary and guidance for his colleagues as well as those not as familiar with the law.

“Wayne Law’s students greatly benefit from Professor Henning’s presence, which enables them to learn the law from one of the profession’s top go-to experts.”

In recognition of his status as an authority on white collar crime, Professor Henning was invited to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at a hearing on "Preventing Unfair Trading by Government Officials" on July 13, 2009.

“My background working for the SEC and Department of Justice gave me a measure of credibility to discuss issues related to insider trading and misuse of information,” said Professor Henning. “When the media finds someone willing to talk, then they will return to discuss new topics and issues. And as my former students know all too well, I’m always willing to talk – pretty loudly, too.”

Professor Henning joined the Wayne Law faculty in 1994 as an associate professor, and was promoted to full professor in 2002. He teaches Corporations, White Collar Crime, Professional Responsibility & the Legal Profession, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Securities Litigation. His scholarship focuses primarily on white collar crime, constitutional criminal procedure and attorney ethics. He has authored and/or co-authored five books and has published numerous articles on these subjects.

Professor Henning is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and treasurer of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law. He earned a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, an M.A. from Fordham University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

For more information on Professor Henning, please visit his faculty profile online at http://law.wayne.edu/faculty/bio.php?id=43000. To read his tracked comments in the news, please visit http://law.wayne.edu/faculty/professors_in_news.php.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 40 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit


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