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Arthur B. Leavens

Professor of Law Emeritus


A.B., Duke University
J.D., Harvard Law School


Criminal Procedure: Investigation
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure: Simulation


Email: aleavens@law.wne.edu
Phone: 413-782-1445
Office: L 338


Upon graduation from law school, Professor Leavens clerked for Federal District Court Judge John F. Dooling Jr. in the Eastern District of New York. He then was associated with the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. In 1979, he became a Staff Attorney for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, doing both trial and appellate work. While at the Law School, Professor Leavens took a leave and served for a time as a Special Assistant District Attorney for Hampden County, prosecuting felony cases. His areas of interest include criminal law and procedure, evidence, state constitutionalism, and trial advocacy. For a number of years he served on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, and he currently serves as its Reporter.



MASSACHUSETTS CRIMINAL PRACTICE (Eric Blumenson & Arthur B. Leavens eds., 4th ed. 2012). Digital Commons

Book Chapters

Arthur Leavens, Investigation and Interviewing, Massachusetts Criminal Practice (Eric Blumenson and Arthur Leavens, eds., 4th ed. 2012)

Arthur Leavens, Cases Alleging Child Abuse, Massachusetts Criminal Practice (Eric Blumenson and Arthur Leavens, eds., 4th ed. 2012)

Journal Articles

Arthur Leavens, The Fourth Amendment and Surveillance in a Digital World, 27 J. C.R. & ECON. DEV. 709 (2015). SSRN Digital Commons

Arthur Leavens, State Constitutionalism: State-Court Deference or Dissonance?, 33 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 81 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Arthur Leavens, Prophylactic Rules and State Constitutionalism, 44 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 415 (2011). SSRN Digital Commons

Arthur Leavens, Beyond Blame--Mens Rea and Regulatory Crime, 46 U. LOUISVILLE L.R. 1 (2007). SSRN Digital Commons

Arthur Leavens, Tribute: An Extraordinary Lawyer, 22 HARV. BLACKLETTER L.J. 99 (2006). SSRN Digital Commons

Arthur Leavens, Collateral Damage in the War on Terrorism: The Attorney-Client Relationship Has Never Been Intended to Provide a Cover for On-Going Criminal Activity, W. MASS. L. TRIB., Mar. 13, 2002, at 15.

Arthur Leavens, A Causation Approach to Criminal Omissions, 76 CAL. L. REV. 547 (1988). SSRN Digital Commons

Donald King, & Arthur Leavens, Curbing the Dog of War: The War Powers Resolution, 18 HARV. INT'L L.J. 55 (1977). SSRN Digital Commons

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