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Kristin Henning

Kristin Henning
Blume Professor of Law, Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative
Georgetown Law School

Kristin Henning is the Blume Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown Law, where she supervises law students and represents youth accused of delinquency in the D.C. Superior Court. Professor Henning was previously the Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit of the D.C. Public Defender Service and is currently the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center. 

Professor Henning writes extensively about race, adolescence and policing. Her work appears in journals and books such as Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment (2017) and Punishment in Popular Culture (2015). Race features prominently in her articles such as The Reasonable Black Child: Race, Adolescence and the Fourth Amendment and Criminalizing Normal Adolescent Behavior in Communities of Color: The Role of Prosecutors in Juvenile Justice Reform. Professor Henning is also the editor of an anthology Rights, Race, and Reform: Fifty Years of Child Advocacy in the Juvenile Justice System (2018) and is writing a book, forthcoming with Penguin Random House, about the criminalization of Black adolescence and the intersection of race, adolescence, and policing.

Professor Henning has trained state actors across the country on the nature and scope of racial bias and how it operates in the juvenile and criminal legal systems. Her workshops help stakeholders develop strategies to challenge racial injustice throughout the system. Professor Henning partnered with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) in 2019 to launch a Racial Justice Toolkit for youth advocates, and again in 2020 to launch the Ambassadors for Racial Justice program, a year-long program for juvenile defenders committed to challenging racial injustice in the juvenile legal system. Professor Henning also worked closely with the McArthur Foundation’s Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network to develop the 41-volume Juvenile Training Immersion Program (JTIP), a national training curriculum for juvenile defenders. She now co-hosts, with NJDC, an annual week-long JTIP summer academy for defenders.

Henning serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, has served as an expert consultant on juvenile justice to a number of state and federal agencies, including the USDOJ’s Civil Rights Division, and was the Reporter for the ABA Task Force on Dual Jurisdiction Youth.  She is the recipient of several honors, including the Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. Award for Excellence in Juvenile Defense from NJDC, appointment as an Adviser to ALI’s Restatement on Children and the Law project, and the Shanara Gilbert Award from the American Association of Law Schools for her commitment to justice on behalf of children. Henning received her B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law.