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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.