A believer in
the strength of the liberal arts, Assistant Professor and Attorney Eric Gentes
advises students to obtain a broad education. “Critical reasoning, problem
solving, and the ability to communicate effectively are necessary skills for
successful professionals and citizens, irrespective of the field in which they
work,” says Gentes. “Regardless of one’s plans, one never knows where life with
take her or him.”
He devoted his
early career to practicing employment discrimination law, and litigating
criminal defense and complex commercial law cases. Prior to joining the
University in 2009, he spent five years as a prosecutor with the Stafford
County Attorney’s Office in New Hampshire. Currently, Gentes is the New
Hampshire state representative and voting member of the Northeastern
Association of Criminal Justice Sciences Executive Board and Vice President of
the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Justice Educators.
Gentes and his
colleagues have built Rivier’s Criminal Justice(CJ) program to include a solid theoretical
understanding of crime, the law, and the criminal justice system; an
understanding of how the law and the criminal justice system function in practice;
and a firm grounding in professional ethics and respect for victims of crime.
In addition to teaching and his administrative responsibilities as the CJ
program director, he oversees the internship programs for CJ majors.
“Rivier students are compassionate and care deeply about the
University, their community and the wider world,” says Gentes. “They understand
that higher education is an opportunity that too many people in this world do
not share, and, as a result, they do not take their education for granted. It
is a pleasure and honor to be a faculty member at Rivier.”
View Attorney Eric
Gentes faculty biography.