Kristin Nicole Henning

Henning's first book, The Criminilization of Black Adolescence is forthcoming from Pantheon.

In 1995 she joined the faculty of the Georgetown Law Center 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. 

Active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, Henning served 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.

She 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 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.