Vincent Martin Bonventre

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Vincent Martin Bonventre
Born 1948
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Virginia
Brooklyn Law School
Union College
Known for Constitutional Law
Judicial Decision-Making
Scientific career
Fields Law, Government
Institutions Albany Law School

Vincent Martin Bonventre is an American law professor.


Bonventre received his B.S. from Union College in 1972 where he studied electrical engineering and chemistry. Bonventre also holds several postgraduate degrees. He attended graduate school at the University of Virginia, earning a M.A.P.A. in 1981 and a PhD in government in 2003, studying under Henry J. Abraham and David M. O'Brien. His doctoral dissertation focused on discerning the ideological views of judges based on their voting patterns, a theme that would continue throughout his later scholarship.[1] While a PhD student, he was appointed Acting Assistant Professor of Government and taught courses in constitutional law and history.

Prior to graduate school, Bonventre received a Juris Doctor in 1976 from Brooklyn Law School where he was active in the Moot Court Honor Society and the International Law Society. He received the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity scholarship and won American Jurisprudence Awards, including one for Criminal Procedure, which has since been an area of his concentration.

Military Service and Clerkships[edit]

From 1970 to 1973, Bonventre served in the United States Army, earning a commission from Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and then being assigned to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he taught on the faculty of the Army Intelligence Center and School. After earning his law degree, Bonventre returned to the Army in 1977 as Criminal Trial Counsel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. While there he held the offices of Chief of Prosecution and Chief of Defense. Bonventre would serve in the JAG Corps until 1980.

Starting in 1983, Bonventre would begin clerking at the New York Court of Appeals. He would clerk for Judge Matthew J. Jasen from 1983 to 1985 and Judge Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. in 1986, and again from 1987 to 1990. In between his clerkships at New York's highest court, he was a Supreme Court of the United States Judicial Fellow, having been selected by then Chief Justice Warren Burger and the Judicial Fellows Commission.[2]


Bonventre is the Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School. He joined the faculty of Albany Law School in 1990 as an assistant professor. At the end of that first academic year, he was appointed faculty advisor of the Albany Law Review, a position which he still holds.[3] In 1996, he added the State Constitutional Commentary issue to that publication, serving as its professional editor.[4] In 1993 he was made an Associate Professor, and in 1996 granted tenure and made a Professor of Law.

Bonventre has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He also taught courses in constitutional law and history as an Acting Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Virginia while a PhD student there.

In 1999, Bonventre founded the Government Law and Policy Journal, a publication of the New York State Bar Association. He served as Editor-in-Chief of that publication until 2005. In 2002, Bonventre founded the Center for Judicial Process, a non-profit organization devoted to studying judicial decision-making and other judicial issues. The Center went online in 2010 and Bonventre remains its Director.[5] Since 2008, Bonventre has maintained a regular blog, New York Court Watcher, which focuses on developments related to the New York Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. In 2011, he founded and became Director of International Law Studies, a forum for the publication of international and comparative law scholarship.[6]

Bonventre is frequently consulted by the media for analysis of recent court decisions and judicial issues. He has been quoted numerous times by The New York Times,[7] The New York Law Journal,[8] and other news media.[9] Westlaw searches conducted in July 2013, indicate that his scholarship has been cited over a hundred times in legal academic journals as well as by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York[10] and the Wyoming Supreme Court.[11]

He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law, and others.


  1. ^ Bonventre, Vincent. "Streams of Tendency" on the New York Court: Ideological and Jurisprudential Patterns in the Judge's Voting and Opinions. Hein. 
  2. ^ "Judicial Fellows Program Alumni". The Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Masthead" (PDF). Albany Law Review. 76 (1). 2012–2013. Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Editors Note". Albany Law Review. 59 (4): 1540. 1996. 
  5. ^ "Welcome & Mission". The Center for Judicial Process. Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "Mission Statement". International Law Studies. Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "NYTimes.Com search for "Vincent Bonventre"". The New York Times.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); External link in |title= (help);
  8. ^ " search for "Vincent Bonventre"". The New York Law Journal. Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. ^ "Archived Media Commentaries" (PDF). Albany Law School. Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "SELLAN v. KUHLMAN". Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Saldana v. State". Retrieved 7/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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