Vincent Martin Bonventre teaches, comments and advises on courts, judges, and various areas of public law. His particular areas of focus are the judicial process, the Supreme Court and the New York Court of Appeals, criminal law, and civil liberties. He has authored numerous works on these subjects. He is the Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School.
Dr. Bonventre clerked for Judges Matthew J. Jasen and Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. of the New York Court of Appeals. Between those clerkships, he was selected by Chief Justice Warren Burger to serve as a Supreme Court Judicial Fellow. Previously, he served two tours in the U.S. Army—one in military intelligence and one as trial counsel in the JAG Corps.
He joined the Albany Law School faculty in 1990. He has taught as a visitor at Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Public Affairs. While completing his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, studying under Henry J. Abraham and David M. O'Brien, he taught courses in the judicial process and civil rights and liberties.
Dr. Bonventre is the founder and Editor of State Constitutional Commentary, an annual publication of the Albany Law Review devoted to public law adjudication in state high courts. He has been the Faculty Advisor to that Law Review since 1991. He is also the founder and Director of the Center for Judicial Process and of International Law Studies.
PhD (Gov’t/Public Law), MAPA, University of Virginia
JD, Brooklyn Law School
BS, Union College
Prior to those degrees, however, he was well prepared by the Sisters of Mercy who taught (i.e., force-fed) him the basics of reading, 'riting, 'rithmatic, and learning at Saint Anastasia's Elementary School in Douglaston, NY.
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