Cunningham Warren, Cara

Assistant Professor of Law


  • Room: 329
  • Telephone: (313) 596-0261
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Professor Cunningham Warren joined the Detroit Mercy Law Faculty in 2000. She teaches Comparative Applied Legal Theory and Analysis, Public International Law, Applied Legal Theory and Analysis (American), Advanced Appellate Advocacy, and International Advocacy. She also is a member of the Legal Writing Institute and serves as Co-chair of its Global Legal Writing Skills Committee.

Professor Cunningham Warren began her administrative work at the School in 2005, when she was named Director and then Assistant Dean (2006-09) of Academic Initiatives. Her chief responsibility in this role was to assist the dean in the implementation of Detroit Mercy Law's new curriculum, which includes the innovative Law Firm Program. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Curriculum Director and then Interim Assistant Dean of International Programs for the Law School's two joint-degree programs: The Canadian & American Dual J.D. Program with the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and The Degrees of the Americas Program with the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Before coming to Detoit Mercy Law, Professor Cunningham completed a federal judicial clerkship and litigated at both the trial and appellate levels, specializing in employment, civil rights, and tort-reform cases.

Scholarship & Other Work:

Cara Cunningham Warren, Avoiding Graft: Using Underlying Assumptions & Purposeful Teaching to Promote International Student Learning (work in progress)

Cara Cunningham Warren, Achieving the American Bar Association's Pedagogy Mandate: Empowerment in the Midst of a Perfect Storm, 14:1 CONN. PUB. INT. L.J. 139 (2014). SSRN Top Ten Download List for September, October, and November 2014

Andrew Moore, Cara Cunningham & Margaret Costello, The Globalization of Legal Education, Mich. B.J., Nov. 2013, at 40.

Cara Cunningham & Michelle Streicher, The Methodology of Persuasion: A Process-Based Approach to Legal Writing, 13 LEGAL WRITING 159 (2007).

Recent Presentations:

Avoiding Graft: Using Underlying Assumptions & Purposeful Teaching to Promote International Student Learning
Global Legal Skills Conference X
John Marshall School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, and Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey
Chicago, Illinois (2015)

Exceeding the ABA's New Accreditation Requirements to Meet the Needs of Current Students and the Communities They Will Serve (roundtable forum)
Society of American Law Teachers Teaching Conference
UNLV William A. Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, Nevada (2014)

Plenary Speaker--Empowerment Teaching: The Intersection and Impact of Learning Theories in the Classroom
Association of Legal Writing Directors Innovative Teaching Workshop
Marquette University Law School
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2013) (Invited speaker)

Plain English Writing Skills for Legal Services Providers
Committee on Regional Training Webinar (2013) (Invited speaker)

Empowerment Teaching & Metacognition: Putting Modern Learning Theories to Work
Capital Area Legal Writing Conference
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, D.C. (2013)

Metacognition: Preparing Students to Prepare to Practice
Legal Writing Institute's One-Day Workshop
Willamette University College of Law
Salem, Oregon (2012)

Managing, Meeting & Exceeding Law School Community Expectations in Renovation
American Bar Association, Bricks, Bytes & Continuous Renovations Conference
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
San Diego, California (2012) (Invited speaker)

Joint Degree Program Curriculum Design & Successful Student Transitions
Global Legal Skills Conference VI
John Marshall School of Law and Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey
Chicago, Illinois (2011)

Exploring Alternative LL.M. Programs: Executive, Mixed Delivery, & Dual Degrees
(Non-U.S. & Cross-Discipline)
Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California (2011) (Invited speaker)


Comparative Legal Writing and Research Law (1070)

International Law (3200)

Advanced Advocacy (6000)