Larry Cunningham

Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional EffectivenessProfessor of Legal WritingDirector, Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude)B.S., John Jay College of Criminal Justice (summa cum laude)Certificate, Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research, Sam Houston State UniversityCertificate, Strategic Organizational Leadership, Villanova University

Dean Cunningham has served in a variety of roles in the Law School administration: Vice Dean (2016-18), Associate Academic Dean (2013-16), Associate Dean for Student Services (2011-13), and Assistant Dean for Students (2010-11). In his current role as Associate Dean for Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Dean Cunningham oversees the Law School's processes related to the assessment of student learning outcomes, strategic planning, and the use of data to inform decision making.  Dean Cunningham is a member of the University’s Strategic Priorities Review Team.

Dean Cunningham currently teaches Evidence, Appellate Advocacy, and the seminar component of the Prosecution Clinic.  He has also taught Legal Writing, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Criminal Law, and New York Criminal Practice.  In both 2012 and 2017, he received the Dean's Teaching Award (large class) for Criminal Law and Evidence, respectively.  In 2019, he received the University's Outstanding Achievement Medal.  He combines a mix of teaching styles to promote active learning and utilizes technology, assessment, and "flipped classroom" techniques to further students' learning.

Dean Cunningham's scholarship includes research in higher education, criminal justice ethics, criminal procedure, appellate practice, juvenile justice, mental health law, and insurance law.  He has been a frequent speaker on legal education and other topics before bar associations, law schools, and other organizations. In June 2008, he testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, on the legality of laptop searches at the international border. He currently serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association, Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.  In 2016, Dean Cunningham was awarded a grant from the U.S. Fulbright Specialist Program to teach at the Royal University of Law and Economics in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

After clerking for a United States district judge, Dean Cunningham served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was in charge of juvenile delinquency prosecutions. Later, he was an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney's Office, where he also coordinated the office's post-adjudication insanity review cases and served as an on-call homicide duty prosecutor. He brings this experience as a trial and appellate lawyer to his role as Director of the Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, the home to the Law School's programs in moot court and mock trial.

Prior to joining the St. John's faculty, Dean Cunningham was a professor at Texas Tech University and held visiting appointments at Stetson University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Brooklyn Law School.  

Dean Cunningham received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal’s Criminal Procedure Project, Executive Director of the Barristers' Council, and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  In 2012, he received a Master Certificate in Strategic Organizational Leadership from Villanova University.  He is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and admitted to practice law in New York, Texas, and Virginia. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Assessment and Institutional Research from Sam Houston State University in 2019.

McKinney's Practice Commentaries, Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Vehicle Traffic Law (ongoing)

Building a Culture of Assessment in Law Schools, 69 Case W. Reserve L. Rev. 395 (2019)

Using Principles From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Nervousness in Trials, Oral Arguments, and Other Court Appearances, 15 Nev. L.J. 586 (2015)

The Effect of Law School Marketing Materials on U.S. News and World Report Rankings (available on SSRN) (2012)

Appellate Review of Unpreserved Questions in Criminal Cases: An Attempt to Define the “Interest of Justice," 11 J. App. Prac. & Proc. 285 (2010)

New York's Post-Verdict Scheme for the Treatment of Insanity Acquittees: Balancing Public Safety With Rights of the Mentally Ill, 25 St. John’s J. C.R. & Econ. Dev. 81 (2010)

Homeowners Insurance and Dog Ownership: A Primer and Bibliography, in A Lawyer’s Guide to Dangerous Dog Issues (2009)

The Border Search Exception for Exports: A Global Conceptualization, 26 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 1 (2007) 

A Question of Capacity: Towards a Comprehensive and Consistent Vision of Children and Their Status Under Law, 10 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L & Pol’y 275 (Summer 2006)

Using TWEN to Reach Evening Students, The Law Teacher 12-13 (Spring 2006)

Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Paul Finkelman, ed.) (Routledge pub.) (2006)

  • Coolidge v. N.H.
  • Probable Cause
  • Reporter’s Privilege

The Innocent Prisoner and the Appellate Prosecutor: Some Thoughts on Post-Conviction Prosecutorial Ethics After Dretke v. Haley, 24 Crim. Just. Ethics 12 (Summer/Fall 2005)

Can a Catholic lawyer represent a child in a judicial bypass proceeding?, 44 J. Cath. L. Stud. 379 (2005)

Hitting the Ground Running: The Use of Boot Camps and Pre-Semester Orientation Periods in Clinics and Externships, 74 Miss. L.J. 983 (2005)

The Case Against Dog Breed Discrimination in the Provision of Homeowners’ Insurance, 11 Conn. Ins. L.J. 1 (2004-5)

Substantive Limitations on the Power of Family Courts to Commit Delinquent Juveniles to State Custody: Analysis and Critique, 55 Syracuse L. Rev. 87 (2004)

Taking on Testilying: The Prosecutor’s Response to In-Court Police Deceptionin Wilson R. Palacios, Paul F. Cromwell, Roger G. Dunham, eds., Crime & Justice in America: Present Realities and Future Prospects 223-243 (2d ed. 2002)

When Lawyers Break the Law: How the D.C. Court of Appeals Disciplines Members of the Bar Who Commit Crimes, 6 U.D.C. L. Rev. 9 (2002)

Deputization of Indian Prosecutors: Protecting Indian Interests in Federal Court, 88 Geo. L.J. 2187 (2000)

Taking on Testilying: The Prosecutor’s Response to In-Court Police Deception, 18 Crim. Just. Ethics 26 (Winter/Spring 1999)

Twenty-Eighth Annual Review of Criminal Procedure: Appellate Review of Sentences, 87 Geo. L.J. 1830 (1999)

Conference Co-Chair, ABA Associate Deans’ Conference, June 25-28, 2019, Chicago, IL

  • Presenter, Programmatic Assessment
  • Panelist, Communication Among Associate Deans

Taming the Associate Dean’s E-Mail Beast, AALS Annual Meeting, Section on Associate Deans, January 5, 2019, New Orleans, LA

Panelist, Isn’t the Bar Exam the Ultimate Assessment?: Learning Outcomes, ABA Standard 302, and Law Schools, Assessment Institute, October 23, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

Discussant, Complying with the New A.B.A. Standards on Assessment and Feedback, SEALS Conference, August 9, 2018, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Discussant, Teaching Fundamentals: Challenges Teachers Face in the Digital Era, SEALS Conference, August 8, 2018, Fort Lauderdale, FL 

Should Law Schools Divide Into Academic Departments?, Legal Writing Institute’s Biennial Conference, July 12, 2018, Milwaukee, WI (tentative)

The State of Assessment in Legal Education, ExamSoft Assessment on Tour Conference, May 16, 2018, Queens, NY

Assessment and Accreditation, International Association of Law Schools’ Law School Leadership Conference, May 15, 2018, New York, NY

Evidence Update, Suffolk Bar Association Academy of Law, November 28, 2017, Hauppauge, NY 

Breakout Session: Making Difficult Strategic Decisions, ABA Associate Deans’ Conference, July 13, 2017, Chicago, IL

Moderator, Plenary: Legal Issues for Associate Deans, ABA Associate Deans’ Conference, July 12, 2017, Chicago, IL

Assessment Developments in Legal Education, ExamSoft Assessment Conference, June 15, 2017, Denver, CO

The Failure of CPL § 30.30: Reforming the Right to a Speedy Trial, Nassau County Criminal Courts Bar Association, April 7, 2016, Mineola, NY

Moderator (with Hon. Thomas Vanaskie (3d Cir.) and George Davidson (Hughes, Hubbard)), Appellate Advocacy: A Conversation with the Experts, March 16, 2016, New York, NY

Panelist, Getting the Most Out of Law School: Student and Administration Integration, ABA Law Student Division Conference, October 4, 2014, Washington DC

Panelist, Making It Real: Developing and Implementing Successful Professional Development Programs at Law Schools, NALP Annual Education Conference, April 9, 2014, Seattle, WA

Using Principles From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Nervousness in Trials, Oral Arguments, and Other Court Appearances, Conference on Psychology and Lawyering: Coalescing the Field, February 21, 2014, Las Vegas, NV

Panelist, Addressing the Implications of Student Conduct Issues in Law Schools, AALS Annual Meeting, Section on Student Services, January 5, 2014, New York, NY

Hiring, Supervising, and Collaborating with Adjunct Faculty, Institute for Law Teaching’s Conference on Law Teaching for Adjunct Faculty, April 13, 2013, Fullerton, CA

Moderator, Juvenile Justice, St. John’s Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development Conference on Criminal Justice, April 5, 2013, Queens, NY

“Law Porn” and the U.S. News Rankings, St. John's University School of Law Faculty Colloquium, January 28, 2013, Queens, NY

Criminalizing Terrorism: Unintended Consequences of Political Showmanship, St. John’s University, Making Meaning of 9/11: Local Impacts, Global Implications, September 16, 2011, New York, NY

Moderator and Discussant with Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, The Fourth Amendment at the Border: Papers, Laptops, Ideas, Privacy & Law Enforcement, St. John’s University School of Law, March 18, 2010, Queens, NY

Writing Effectively: Making Sentences Clear, Focused, and Reader-Friendly, National Employment Lawyers Association, May 14, 2010, New York, NY

Moderator, Representing Clients in Reproductive Rights Cases, St. John’s University School of Law, March 4, 2010, Queens, NY

Update on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, March 3, 2010, Uniondale, NY

History and Current Operation of the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy, St. John’s University School of Law, February 24, 2010, Queens, NY

Update on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, February 23, 2010, Uniondale, NY

CLE on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, January 21, 2010, Brooklyn, NY

Update on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, January 14, 2010, White Plains, NY

Update on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, January 11, 2010, White Plains, NY

Legal Writing, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, December 1, 2009, Saratoga Springs, NY

Update on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, December 1, 2009, Saratoga Springs, NY

(Stop) Grading Drafts, "Colonial Frontier" Legal Writing Conference, December 5, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA

Update on New York Criminal Law, Procedure, and Evidence, New York State Judicial Institute, Annual Update for Court Attorneys, October 28, 2009, Rochester, NY

Integrating Writing Assignments in a Criminal Law Course, Conference on Promoting the Teaching of Legal Writing in Southern Africa, APPEAL, July 1-5, 2009, Pretoria, South Africa

Presenter with Professor Margaret V. Turano, Integrating Writing in Doctrinal Courses, St. John’s Law School colloquium, April 6, 2009, Queens, NY

Criminal Law and Procedure in the United States, American Arbitration Association Ghana-U.S. Conference on American and International Dispute Resolution, July 24, 2008, White Plains, NY

Careers in Law Panel Alumni Discussion, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Pre-Law Day, March 1, 2008, New York, NY

Can My Dog Live Here, Too? An Analysis of Dog Breed Discrimination by Homeowners Insurance Companies, American Bar Association, December 1, 2007

When a Post-Conviction Claim of Eyewitness Misidentification or Other Form of Actual Innocence Is Raised: What is the Prosecutor’s Next Step?, CUNY Graduate Center, Munsterberg Law and Psychology Conference, March 2, 2007, New York, NY

Moderator, Careers in Law Panel Alumni Discussion, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Pre-Law Day, September 30, 2006, New York, NY

Law School and Careers in Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Pre-Law Society, December 13, 2005, New York, NY

Conceptualizing a Model Children’s Code to Resolve Inconsistencies in Juvenile Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Faculty Works-in-Progress, September 28, 2005, Fort Worth, TX

The Inconsistent Treatment of Juveniles Under Law, Stetson University College of Law Faculty Roundtable, Summer 2005, Gulfport, FL

Legal Writing Assignments in a Criminal Law Course: A Better Alternative to the Traditional End-of-Semester Exam or “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished?”, AALS Annual Meeting, January 6, 2005, San Francisco, CA

Fetal Drug Abuse Prosecutions: Law and Ethics, Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association CLE, December 16, 2004, Lubbock, TX

Evolution of a Criminal Law Clinic, Rocky Mountain Regional Clinical Conference, October 23, 2004, Denver, CO

The Use of “Boot Camps” in Clinics and Externships, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2, 2004, San Diego, CA

Kids Say the Darndest Things: The Law of Juvenile Confessions in Texas, Lubbock County Juvenile Justice CLE, November 14, 2003, Lubbock, TX

Right to a Speedy Trial in New York City Criminal Court, New York City Council, Committee on Courts and Legal Services, February 29, 2016, New York, NY

Laptop Border Searches, U.S. Senate, Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, June 25, 2008

New York

Texas (inactive)

Virginia (inactive)

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Six Sigma Green Belt (2013)