Karen McDonald Henning appointed next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Detroit Mercy Law

December 07, 2021

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law announced that Karen McDonald Henning, Associate Professor of Law, will be the next Associate Dean for Academic Affairs beginning in January 2022.  

“I am honored to serve the school in this new role,” Professor McDonald Henning said. “I look forward to working with Dean Jefferson Exum and my colleagues to continue to offer the best legal education possible to our students.” 

Professor McDonald Henning joined the faculty at Detroit Mercy Law in 2008 and was granted tenure in 2016. She is the co-author of multiple textbooks and author of numerous articles. Her scholarship focuses primarily on remedies available for violations of constitutional rights.

She teaches a wide range of courses including Civil and Criminal Procedure, Advanced Advocacy, Federal Jurisdiction, and Applied Legal Theory and Analysis. She is also an expert on law school pedagogy and a leader among the faculty with respect to increasing assessments and feedback to produce bar exam ready students and practice ready practitioners. 

“Professor McDonald Henning brings a wealth of experience in many different areas of the law school's operations, and I look forward to having her bring that knowledge, and her passion for academic excellence, to this role,” said Dean Jelani Jefferson Exum. 

During her 14 years at Detroit Mercy Law, Professor McDonald Henning has served as the chair on many committees, including the Admissions Committee, the Student Success Task Force, and the Moot Court Committee. She received the University of Detroit Mercy Faculty Excellence Award, the Student Bar Association Professor of the Year Award, and the James T. Barnes, Sr. Memorial Faculty Scholar Award. She twice received the Moot Court Faculty Coach of the Year Award.