Kristin Nicole Henning is The Blume Professor of Law, Special Advisor to the Dean on Community and Justice, and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown University Law Center. She serves as an Adviser for The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law.
Kris joined the faculty of the Georgetown Law Center in 1995 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, Kris 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. She 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.
Kris has been active in local, regional and national juvenile justice reform, serving 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. Kris 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 is a certified JTIP trainer and has organized numerous trainings for practicing juvenile defense attorneys, including the JTIP Summer Academy, an annual one week intensive training program for juvenile defense attorneys hosted at Georgetown Law in partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), the DC Juvenile Panel Trial Practice Group (a monthly training program for DC CJA bar attorneys), and trainings in rural areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She is also often invited to train juvenile defenders throughout the country.
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.
She holds a B.A. from Duke University, a J.D. from Yale University, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University.