B.S., Union CollegeJ.D., Brooklyn Law SchoolM.A.P.A., University of VirginiaPh.D., University of Virginia
Clerked for Judges Matthew J. Jasen and Stewart F. Hancock Jr. of the New York State Court of Appeals. Held U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellowship. Served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence and Judge Advocate General's Corps. Joined Albany Law School in 1990. Has taught as a visiting professor at Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Public Affairs. Author of "Streams of Tendency" on the New York Court:Ideological and Jurisprudential Patterns in the Judges' Voting and Opinions (W.S. Hein). Published recent articles on judicial decision making, state constitutional law, criminal and civil rights, legal ethics, and New York Court of Appeals. Founding editor-in-chief, Government, Law, & Policy Journal (New York State Bar Association). Editor, State Constitutional Commentary and director, The Center for Judicial Process.
Prof. Bonventre is also the author of New York Court Watcher, a blog devoted to commentary on developments at the Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and other state supreme courts nationwide. And he is the founder and Director of the Center for Judicial Process.
Many of his publications can be accessed at SSRN.
The Center for Judicial Process is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to the interdisciplinary research and study of courts and judges, including decision-making and voting, the judicial role and selection, and other facets of the judicial process. The Center's mission is to encourage such research and study and to provide a forum for publication.
The organization of the Center, as well as the research and study undertaken and published, is intended to be primarily the work of students. It is operated by a staff of students of Albany Law School, under the direction of Albany Law School Professor Vincent Martin Bonventre. The Center, however, welcomes law students and law-related graduate students nationwide to participate in the work of the Center and to contribute research and study of the judicial process for publication.
Ultimately, the Center's aim in encouraging and publishing judicial research and studies is to serve as a valuable educational resource for the academic community, public officials, journalists, and the public at large.
Taylor Law Conference [PPT], 5/16/08: "Public Sector Labor Law in the Kaye Court"
Rockefeller Institute [PPT], 10/15/07: "NY Court of Appeals: The Judges, Selection & Making of the Current Court"
NYS Legislative CLE [PPT], 12/14/06: "The Pataki Court"
Rockefeller Institute [PPT], 11/06: "The Court of Appeals: 'Non-Political Merit' Appointment"
New York Court of Appeals Criminal Law Update [PPT], 11/05
The Cornell PowerPoint Presentation [PPT] -- i.e., The NYSBA Criminal Justice Section Fall Meeting at Cornell University, 11/08/03
Defense Bar Considers Rosenblatt The 'Swing' Vote on Criminal Justice Issues By John Caher
....as the 69-year-old judge heads into his last year on the bench before mandatory retirement, there is a recognition in the defense community that with the increasingly polarized Court of Appeals...Judge Rosenblatt's vote is crucial....
[T]he New York State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section.... were joined by Albany Law School Professor Vincent M. Bonventre, who for the last 15 years has tracked the voting patterns of Court of Appeals judges.
The professor's research, presented at the Bar Association event, validated statistically what other panelists noted anecdotally.
Mr. Bonventre's study of voting patterns in 67 criminal cases over several years shows that:
"Wesley, Graffeo and Read never - not once - disagreed with a pro-prosecution position on the Court," Mr. Bonventre said in an interview last week. "They all have dissented, but every time it was to take a more pro-prosecution position. On the other hand, Rosenblatt never disagreed with a pro-defendant position of the Court. Not once. Every single time the Court decided in favor of the rights of the accused, Rosenblatt was with the Court. Every time he disagreed, he took a position more protective of the rights of the accused. I find that staggering."
Still, Mr. Bonventre said, Judge Rosenblatt is hardly "the poster judge for the rights of the accused, like his predecessor," the late Vito J. Titone, who served from 1985 to 1998.
"Titone was by far the most pro defendant, liberal judge on the Court," Mr. Bonventre said. "Rosenblatt is not that. His voting is not nearly as liberal as Titone's, but it is also nothing like the other Pataki appointees - Wesley, Graffeo and Read. He is the non Pataki judge."
Packed dockets hinder justice - Watchdog group says Schenectady County needs 2nd county judge By ANNE MILLER
The Schenectady County courthouse is overwhelmed. The caseload is so heavy that a statewide watchdog group has singled out the county as desperately in need of another full-time county judge. [But] Rensselaer County snagged an additional county judge in the last round of new judicial postings. The county has some need, but it's also home to the state Senate majority leader.
"That's insane -- but that's politics," said professor Vincent Bonventre, of Albany Law School. "The politicians and parties are pretty jealous of their judgeships. The politicians and parties in other counties don't want to part with their judges. You end up having to move them around."
In the late 1970s, the concept of moving judges to help in busy courts was hatched under Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke, who desperately needed judges in New York City. The rural judges revolted, unwilling to forsake their quiet homes for a week in the Bronx courts....
Rarely does the Legislature create new judgeships two years running...."To create a bunch of judgeships and come back again and create a bunch of other judgeships -- that's not likely," Bonventre said.
Obituary: Judge Vito J. Titone Jr. By John Caher
Vito J. Titone Jr. - a Staten Island judge who proudly carried the banner of liberalism in a long career that concluded with 13 years on the Court of Appeals - died Wednesday night, a day after his 76th birthday. He had long struggled with diabetes and related health ailments....
Albany Law School Professor Vincent M. Bonventre, who clerked at the Court of Appeals during part of Judge Titone's tenure and has tracked the Court since, said Judge Titone "was the most reliable defender of constitutional rights against government abuse."
Mr. Bonventre added that Judge Titone "really believed that the primary function of courts and judges is to stand between the government and the individual. He was the most loved and loveable figure in the courthouse."
Former Court of Appeals Judge Vito Titone Dies
Vito J. Titone, who served 13 years on the state's highest court and penned landmark decisions on issues ranging from child custody to police searches, has died at a nursing home in New York City. He was 76....
Vincent Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School, said Titone stood his ground against criticism that he was too liberal from politicians such as Gov. George Pataki and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
"He was just far and away the most reliable protector of constitutional rights [against] government abuse throughout his tenure on the court," Bonventre said. "Even when the court came under harsh criticism for being too liberal by politicians ... Judge Titone just dug his heels in and was steadfast. He really was remarkable."
In Reversals, Questions for Ex-Judge Challenging Morgenthau By LESLIE EATON
It was hardly an unusual moment in the career of Leslie Crocker Snyder, a New York State judge known for tough talk and long sentences, who is now running for Manhattan district attorney....Judge Snyder has historically had a very strong record of prevailing when her decisions have been appealed....[T]he Court of Appeals....which tends to focus on cases with broad legal applications, has upheld Ms. Synder in 7 out of the 11 appeals since 1988. "That's a pretty darn good record," said Vincent M. Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School who studies the Court of Appeals.
Streams of Tendency, Hein Cite"Streams of Tendency" On the New York Court: Ideological and Jurisprudential Patterns In the Judges' Voting and Opinions (W.S. Hein, 2003)Title Page [PDF]Table of Contents [PDF]STREAMS OF TENDENCY ON THE NEW YORK COURT may be ordered directly from the publisher, W. S. HeinAmazon Order and Review/s
"STREAMS OF TENDENCY" ON THE NEW YORK COURT: IDEOLOGICAL AND JURISPRUDENTIAL PATTERNS IN THE JUDGES' VOTING AND OPINIONS (Wm.S. Hein, 2003)
The Best of New York's Court of Appeals, New York Law Journal, October 2013
Toward the Lippman Court: Flux and Transition at New York’s Court of Appeals, 73 Albany Law Review 889 (2010)
The Fall of Free Exercise: From ‘No Law’ to Compelling Interests to Any Law Otherwise Valid, 70 Albany Law Review 1150 (2008)papers.cfm
Irving Lehman in YALE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN LAW (Yale, 2008)
Cuthbert W. Pound in YALE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN LAW (Yale, 2008)
Book Review, reviewing Bernard S. Meyer, Burton C. Agata and Seth H. Agata, THE HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK COURT OF APPEALS, 1932-2003, 49 American Journal of Legal History 497(2007)
Changing Roles: The Supreme Court and the State High Courts in Safeguarding Rights, 70 Albany Law Review 841 (2007)papers.cfm
Appellate Division on Appeal: The Justices' Rates of Agreement, Rejection, and Vindication by the Court of Appeals, 70 Albany Law Review 983 (2007) (with Jason A. Cherna and Jessica Blain-Lewis)Bonventre.Article.pdf
Judicial Activism, Judges' Speech, and Merit Selection: Conventional Wisdom and Nonsense, 68 Albany Law Review 557 (2005)papers.cfm
Judicial Politics? What is New?, The Christian Science Monitor, September 24, 2003, at 9
Richard C. Wesley: Voting and Opinion Patterns on the New York Court, 66 Albany Law Review 1065 (2003) (with Todd A. Ritschdorff and Erika L. Bergen)
Court of Appeals Update, 2000 & 2001: Conservative Voting, Narrow Rulings, 65 Albany Law Review 1085 (2002) (with Kelly M. Galligan)
Albany Law School on the High Court, 64 Albany Law Review 1155 (2001)
ALS on the High Court, Albany Law School Magazine 18 (Spring/Summer 2001)
Public Law at the New York Court of Appeals: An Update on Developments, 2000, 64 Albany Law Review 1355 (2001) (with Amanda Hiller)
Tribute to Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke: 1914-2000, 64 Albany Law Review 1 (2000)
Tribute to Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke: 1914-2000, 2 (no.2) Government, Law & Policy Journal 8 (2000)
The Diallo Case, "People v. Boss": Panel Discussion, 63 Albany Law Review 969 (2000)
Book Review, reviewing ALL THE LAWS BUT ONE: CIVIL LIBERTIES IN WARTIME by William H. Rehnquist, 221 (no. 21) New York Law Journal 2 (Feb. 2, 1999)
Editor-in-Chief, Government, Law and Policy Journal (semiannually, vol.1- , 1999-continuing)
Editor's Foreword, Government, Law and Policy Journal (semiannually, vol.1-, 1999-continuing)
Constitutional Law: Many Constitutional Challenges Fail, 220 (no. 67) New York Law Journal S3 (Oct. 5, 1998)
Court of Appeals Bashing: Political Rhetoric, Media Hysteria, and Reality, The Defender 60 (July 1997) (with Judi De Marco)
Court of Appeals Bashing: a Reality Check, 69 (no. 5) New York State Bar Journal 10 (1997) (with Judi De Marco)
State Constitutional Jurisprudence: Decision Making at the New York Court of Appeals (State Constitutional Law: Adjudication and Reform) (Panel Discussion), 13 Touro Law Review 3 (1997)
Court Bashing and Reality: A Comparative Examination of Criminal Disposition at the New York Court of Appeals and Neighboring High Courts, 36(no.1) The Judges' Journal (American Bar Association) 8 (1997) (with Judi A. DeMarco)
Yes: Litigants Deserve a Justice with an Open Mind (A Right to Talk: Has Justice Scalia Compromised His Objectivity with a Public Remark?), 83 ABA Journal 72 (February 1997)
Editor's Foreword, State Constitutional Commentary, (special annual issue), Albany Law Review (vol. 60-, 1997-continuing)
Editors' Note, State Constitutional Commentary, (special annual issue), 59 Albany Law Review 1540 (1996) (with J. Dormer Stephen)
Editor, State Constitutional Commentary, (special annual issue), Albany Law Review (vol. 59-, 1996-continuing)
Professional Responsibility, 1994-1995 Survey of New York Law, 46 Syracuse Law Review 765 (1995)
New York and the Supremes: State Constitutional Law on the Rebound at the Court of Appeals, 5(no. 4) State Constitutional Commentaries and Notes 19 (1995)
New York's Chief Judge Kaye: Her Separate Opinions Bode Well for Renewed State Constitutionalism at the Court of Appeals, 67 Temple Law Review 1163 (1994)papers.cfm
Court of Appeals - State Constitutional Law Review, 1991, 14 Pace Law Review 353 (1994)
Changing Course at the High Court, 20 (no.3) Empire State Report 55 (1994) (with John Powell)
The New York Court of Appeals: An Old Tradition Struggles with Current Issues, 22 Perspectives on Political Science 149 (1993)
Professional Responsibility, 1992 Survey of New York Law, 44 Syracuse Law Review 453 (1993)
Religious Liberty as American History, 17 (no. 2) Update on Law-Related Education (American Bar Association) 41 (1993)papers.cfm
Foreword: Dedication to the Honorable Stewart F. Hancock, Jr., 9 Touro Law Review 545 (1993)
The Duty of Fair Representation Under the Taylor Law: Supreme Court Development, New York Adoption, and a Call for Independence, 20 Fordham Urban Law Journal 1 (1992)papers.cfm
Fair Representation Under the Taylor Law: Federal Development, State Adoption, and Prospects for Independence, in TAYLOR LAW: 25 YEARS OF PUBLIC SECTOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (Government Law Center, Albany Law School, 1992)
Tilting the Scales of Justice, 18 (no.6) Empire State Report 21 (1992)
State Constitutional Adjudication at the Court of Appeals, 1990 and 1991: Retrenchment is the Rule, 56 Albany Law Review 119 (1992)
Professional Responsibility, 1991 Survey of New York Law, 43 Syracuse Law Review 505 (1992)
State Constitutional Recession: The New York Court of Appeals Retrenches, 4 Emerging Issues in State Constitutional Law 1 (1991)
Court of Appeals - State Constitutional Law Review, 1990, 12 Pace Law Review 1 (1991)
Police Powers and the State: National Security, Freedom and Amendments II & III, in MORE THAN MERE PARCHMENT - THE BILL OF RIGHTS (New York State Bar Association, 1991)
Professional Responsibility, 1990 Survey of New York Law, 42 Syracuse Law Review 697 (1991)
Professional Responsibility, 1989 Survey of New York Law, 41 Syracuse Law Review 475 (1990)
Beyond the Reemergence: "Inverse Incorporation" and Other Prospects for State Constitutional Development, 53 Albany Law Review 403 (1989)papers.cfm
State Constitutionalism in New York: A Non-reactive Tradition, 2 Emerging Issues in State Constitutional Law 31 (1989)papers.cfm
A Classical Constitution: Ancient Roots of Our National Charter, 59 (no.8) New York State Bar Journal 10 (1987)
An Alternative to the Privilege Against Compulsory Self-Incrimination, 49 Brooklyn Law Review 31 (1982)papers.cfm
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on "The Capitol Pressroom" (Jan. 25)
to analyze the impact of the Supreme Court case Friedrichs v.
California Teachers Association (CTA) on unions across the United
States. He also discussed the confirmation of New York Chief Judge Janet
DiFiore and the nomination of Albany Law alumnus Michael Garcia to the
state's Court of Appeals.
Professor Vin Bonventre was a guest on Fred Dicker's Talk 1300 radio show (Jan. 22)
to discuss the confirmation of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and the
nomination of Michael Garcia to the New York State Court of Appeals.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the article "Cuomo Nominates Garcia for Seat on Court of Appeals" in the New York Law Journal on January 21, 2016.
Professor Vin Bonventre
spoke with Gannett newspapers, including The Journal News (Jan. 19),
about the State Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for
Janet DiFiore, who was picked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve as New
York's next chief judge.
He also discussed the topic with N.Y. public radio correspondent Karen DeWitt on January 20, 2016.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in Newsday, the Buffalo News and the Times Union after the passing of former Chief Judge Judith Kaye on January 7, 2016. “This was a public official of extraordinary dignity and extraordinary ethical backbone,” he said.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the New York Times article "New York’s Chief Judge Leaving a Legacy of Reforms Inspired by Social Justice"
on December 29, 2015. “He really views the role as chief judge of New
York’s highest court as pushing for justice and fairness and equal
treatment, as opposed to just deciding cases between the parties,” Prof.
Bonventre said of the Hon. Jonathan Lippman.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in POLITICO New York's "Public Law Report: Understaffing takes toll on court as Senate takes its time" on December 18, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre joined Time Warner Cable News' "Capital Tonight" (Dec. 11)
and WNBF radio in Binghamton (Dec. 14) to analyze the convictions of
former N.Y. State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on Fred Dicker's Talk 1300 radio show to discuss the Dean Skelos corruption trial on December 9, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre analyzed the selection for New York's next chief judge with the New York Times (Dec. 1), Wall Street Journal (Dec. 1), WXXI public radio (Dec. 1), WAMC (Dec. 1), Newsday (Dec. 1), and Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 (Dec. 2). He previously discussed the decision deadline with the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin (Nov. 30) and North Country Public Radio (Dec. 1).
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on the "Capitol Pressroom" to analyze jury deliberations in the Sheldon Silver trial on November 25, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on Fred Dicker’s Talk 1300 radio show to discuss the summations in the Sheldon Silver trial on November 23, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the article "Silver, Skelos trials show Albany’s seedy side,"
which was published in multiple Gannett newspapers (including The
Journal News, Democrat and Chronicle, and Poughkeepsie Journal) on
November 20, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the article
"Helping son may doom former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos in bribery trial" in the New York Daily News on November 14, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on Fred Dicker's Talk 1300 radio show to talk about the first week of the Sheldon Silver trial on November 9, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre was a guest on “The Capitol Pressroom”
to discuss the trials of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and
ex-State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on November 6, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared with Fred Dicker on Talk 1300 WGDJ-AM to talk about the trial of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on November 3, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on North Country Public Radio to discuss the State Supreme Court vacancies in New York's 4th Judicial District on November 2, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre appeared on Karen DeWitt's syndicated public radio show to discuss the nominees for New York state's next chief judge on October 19, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the
New York Times,
Times Union and
POLITICO NY regarding the candidates for New York's next chief judge. He also appeared on
Fred Dicker's Talk 1300 radio show on October 16, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the Journal News article "Committee to recommend new NY chief judge" on October 14, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre was quoted in the article "New York Court Has Cuomo’s Stamp" in the Wall Street Journal on October 11, 2015.
Professor Vin Bonventre joined Time Warner Cable News' "Capitol Tonight" to talk about what's next for the Supreme Court on October 8, 2015.