Veterans at Albany Law

From Left: Ian Hunter '16, Aristeas Tzovaras '16, Heath Hardman '14, James Faucher '16, Alexander Madeo '14 and Josh Bennett '14
Albany Law School is proud to be home to Students, Alumni and Faculty who have served.
Students presented their "Student War Stories" from their military deployments to the Middle East and South America, where they shared photos and videos and talked about personal on-the-ground situations. Through donations, the event raised money for the Albany Housing Coalition. To read more about students' military expierence visit the Student Veterans page.
Top Right: Michael Willey '15

Willey, a Student Last Year, Called Away for Duty

Michael 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 material. 

The 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

Senate for four years.  He also serves with Navy Reserves Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii-Phoenix.

After 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

Professor Vincent 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.”

From there 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 Fellow.

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’.” 

For Professor Bonventre's course list and background.

Future JAG Lauren McCormick '14
Lauren McCormick '14 will be entering the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General.