Professor Peter J. Henning joined the faculty in 1994 as an associate professor and was promoted to professor of law in 2002. He graduated magna cum laude in 1985 from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as a notes and comments editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. 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, Professor Henning was until 1991 a senior attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, where he worked 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, where he worked in the Fraud Section on the investigation and prosecution of bank fraud. During this time he also published articles in the Kansas Law Review, St. Louis University Law Journal and American Criminal Law Review.
Professor Henning teaches courses in Corporations, White Collar Crime, Professional Responsibility & the Legal Profession, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Pretrial Advocacy and Securities Litigation. He taught previously at the high school and university undergraduate levels. In 2013, he was a Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. Professor 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 Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is presented by the alumni of the Law School.
Professor Henning's scholarship focuses primarily on white collar crime, constitutional criminal procedure and attorney ethics. Recent articles have been published in the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Ohio State Law Journal, American Criminal Law Review and Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. He is the co-author of three casebooks on white collar crime, criminal law and criminal pretrial advocacy, along with student texts on criminal law, criminal procedure and white collar crime. He is the author of The Prosecution and Defense of Public Corruption: The Law and Legal Strategies, published by LexisNexis, which is the leading treatise in the field. He recently joined as a co-author of Securities Crimes and is the author of three volumes of Federal Practice and Procedure: Criminal, originally written by the late Professor Charles Alan Wright. These treatises are frequently cited reference works.
Professor Henning is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is a member of the Criminal Law and Procedure Drafting Committee for the National Conference of Bar Examiners that is responsible for drafting and reviewing questions for the multi-state bar exam. He writes a regular column, "White Collar Watch," for The New York Times DealBook and has been quoted in a number of media outlets.
Professor Henning and his wife, Karen, who is on the faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, have three daughters, Molly, Alexandra and Grace.
Degrees and Certifications
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
M.A., Fordham University
B.A., Loyola Marymount University
Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
Criminal Pretrial Advocacy
White Collar Crime
Be Careful What You Wish For: Thoughts on a Compliance Defense Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 73 Ohio St. L.J. 883 (2012).
Making Sure 'The Buck Stops Here': Barring Executives for Corporate Violations, 2012 U. Chi. Legal F. 91.
The Pitfalls of Dealing with Witnesses in Public Corruption Prosecutions, 23 Geo. J.L. Ethics 351 (2010).
Corporate Criminal Liability and the Potential for Rehabilitation, 47 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1417 (2009).
Board Dysfunction: Dealing with the Threat of Corporate Criminal Liability, 77 U. Cin. L. Rev. 585 (2008).
White Collar Crime Sentences After Booker: Was the Sentencing of Bernie Ebbers Too Harsh?, 37 McGeorge L. Rev. 757 (2006).
Lawyers, Truth, and Honesty in Representing Clients, 20 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol'y 209 (2006).