In the late 1990s, I was very happily working as an appellate public defender in Detroit when the then-dean of Wayne State University Law School, Jim Robinson, contacted me to ask if I could teach a section of Criminal Procedure at night. Joe Grano, who had taught at Wayne for many years, had fallen ill, and so a replacement was needed. Dean Robinson was a close friend of Ralph Guy, the judge for whom I had clerked some years earlier, and Judge Guy had recommended me. I accepted the offer.
Even though I was just a lowly adjunct scheduled to teach a single class at night, Peter Henning, whom I had never met, immediately reached out to help me get ready for this daunting task. He offered to meet with me, helped me put together a syllabus and critiqued my draft, answered the many questions I had about running a large class (do I need to take attendance, how long should I spend on each cold call, how do office hours work for night students, etc.), and was just generally very reassuring in every possible way.
Moran, David A. "I Owe My Teaching Career To Peter Henning." Wayne Law Review 68 (2023).