Cunningham Warren, Cara

Associate Professor of Legal Writing and Research


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Professor Cara Cunningham Warren
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Professor Cunningham Warren joined the UDM 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 UDM 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 UDM, 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.


Empowerment in the Midst of a Perfect Storm: A Framework to Improve Teaching Effectiveness

(work in progress)

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 J. Legal Writing Inst. 159 (2007).


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)

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

Empowerment Teaching & Metacognition: Putting Modern Learning Theories to Work
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
San Diego, California (2012)

Joint Degree Program Curriculum Design & Successful Student Transitions
Global Legal Skills Conference VI
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)

Empowerment Teaching & Persuasive Writing (poster presentation)
14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute
Marco Island, Florida (2010)

Common Law Lawyers Reason, But Do We Make Sense (To Our Civilian Law Counterparts):
How to Argue by Analogy in a Common Law Context
Global Legal Skills Conference V
Monterrey, Mexico (2009)

Appellate Brief Writing
Committee on Regional Training Appellate Advocacy & Legal Writing Skills Seminar
Novi, Michigan (2006)

Teaching First-Year Law Students to be Practicing Attorneys:
A Contextual Approach to Legal Writing and Research
12rh Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute
Atlanta, Georgia (2006)

The Methodology of Persuasion: Exploring the Irony that Standardized Methods Foster Creative Thinking
and the Creation of Compelling Arguments
12th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute
Atlanta, Georgia (2006)