Student Last Year, Called Away for Duty
J. "Slick" Willey entered Albany Law with the class of 2015. He was
called for active duty last year, as a 2L, where he now serves in the Horn of Africa as the Special Security
Officer for J2 Intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force, as well as the Gamma
Control Officer, the Human Intelligence Control Officer, the Talent Keyhole
Control Officer, and the Top Secret Control Officer. At this role he controls sensitive compartment
information, trains staff on security issues, and conducts preliminary
investigations into actual and potential compromises of classified
Scottsdale, Ariz., native, who graduated from Arizona State University in 2010,
served on three South Pacific tours on an aircraft carrier after high school,
including an 11 month tour in Afghanistan. He has interned for the McCain 2008
campaign in Washington, D.C., represented his college and the United States in
the NAFI Triumvirate for North American Free Trade Agreement in Quebec, Canada, writing
legislation for NAFTA Chapter 11, and served at the Arizona State
for four years. He also serves with Navy
Reserves Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii-Phoenix.
Albany Law he plans to specialize in International Maritime Law as a Judge
Advocate General or as a civilian, and simultaneously pursue a career as an Intelligence
Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Professor Bonventre, Averting Vietnam and South Korea Despite
His Efforts, Built a Career Early in Military and Clerking
Bonventre left Union College to enlist in the Vietnam War. The year was 1970.
After infantry training and jump school, the Viet Nam orders for his company were
canceled, and Bonventre, an electrical engineer, was sent to Arizona to help automate
the Army’s intelligence center.
After two years of
engineering work and training officers at the center, he went to Brooklyn Law
School, then joined the Army as a JAG officer. “They were sending us to South
Korea, when, again, at the 11th hour, I was sent to Arizona to their
Military Intelligence Center and School.”
Quickly promoted to
the bureau’s chief of prosecutors, he spent a year-and-a-half in that position
before voluntarily switching to the defensive unit, handling the other side of
the cases which largely included drug trafficking, domestic violence, rape, assault,
murder, and some AWOL cases.
“Essentially it was
a city, and we were the prosecutors. And then our entire group decided to
switch with the defense team, and we all switched.”
Bonventre went to University of Virginia, earning a Ph.D. in public law.
Resulting from one
letter sent to two N.Y. Court of Appeals judges, Bonventre spent seven years
total with the court clerking for Judges Matthew J. Jasen and Stewart F.
Hancock Jr. Between the two clerkships he served as a U.S. Supreme Court Judicial
Serendipity led him
to Albany Law School. “The Law Review called me and asked me for an article. I
hand delivered the article. The faculty advisor was there, and that faculty
member was also chair of the faculty hiring committee. One thing led to another
and here I am 23 years later. . . . Years earlier I visited Albany Law for a
moot court competition. I loved it and always talked about the school. When I
called my family to tell them I took a job teaching at Albany Law, my Mom said,
‘That’s where you always wanted to be’.”
Bonventre's course list and background.