Eric Tennen

Lecturer in Law

Partner, Swomley & Tennen, LLP

JD, Boston University

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Biography

Eric Tennen is a partner Swomley & Tennen, LLP. His work focuses on criminal defense and civil rights matters. Attorney Tennen has extensive experience as a trial litigator and appellate advocate.

Attorney Tennen specializes in issues related to sex offenses and collateral consequences, such as involuntary civil commitment and sex offender registration. He has won the release of many persons facing civil commitment as a sexually dangerous person and has successfully petitioned for the release of persons who were already involuntarily committed. He has also successfully represented clients before the Sex Offender Registry Board. Attorney Tennen has been on several continuing legal education panels as an expert in sex offender registration practice.

In addition to his work as a trial attorney, Attorney Tennen has extensive experience as an appellate advocate. Attorney Tennen began his career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Justice John Mason of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and for the Honorable Chief Justice Michael Kruse at the High Court of American Samoa. He has authored several amicus briefs on behalf of various organizations.

In 2007, Attorney Tennen was recognized as “Massachusetts Rising Star” as published in Boston Magazine. In 2011, he was awarded the Paul Liacos Mental Health Advocacy Award by the Committee for Public Counsel Services for zealous advocacy on behalf of indigent defendants.

Courses

3 credits

Over the last few decades, the public has become increasingly concerned about sexual crimes. In addition to harsher punishments, several civil, collateral consequences have become common such as indefinite commitment and registration. This class will explore how sexual offenses are dealt with in the criminal justice system and the underlying reasoning for the heightened attention, including morality, statistical data, and psychological/scientific evidence. We will discuss the limitations, if any, that govern collateral consequences such as indefinite civil commitment and registration (e.g. Constitutional restrictions, scientific uncertainty). The class aims to challenge preconceived notions of sex crimes and sex offenders through case law, guest speakers, academic literature, and real life scenarios. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

FALL 2015: LAW JD 947 A1 , Sep 2nd to Dec 2nd 2015
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Eric Tennen LAW 417
FALL 2016: LAW JD 947 A1 , Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 3 Eric Tennen LAW 419
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