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Journalists across the state are turning to Albany Law School Professor Vincent Bonventre to provide context around the process to replace New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye. The recently released list of potential replacements for the position has prompted criticism due to the lack of diversity among the finalists.
Professor Bonventre has been quoted at length in articles from the Daily News, Associated Press, Gannett News Service, Buffalo News, Albany Times Union, Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, Westchester's Journal News, Ithaca Journal, Cortland Standard and Watertown Daily Times. He has also been interviewed on National Public Radio and written an opinion piece for Newsday.
Among his quotes:
"There's been criticism of the commission, including by myself, that the lists produced are pretty weak, especially for New York, which has more legal talent than anywhere on the planet," Bonventre said. "I think it's the strongest list in the three decade history of the commission." (Associated Press, "Data show increase in minority judges," 12/2/2008)
"Ultimately, Paterson is going to pick someone from the list," said Vincent Bonventre, an Albany Law School professor and longtime court watcher. He said no governor has ever refused to select from the commission's list. (Buffalo News, "Paterson critical of judicial finalists," 12/2/2008)
"He won't get it (another list),'' said Vincent Bonventre, a professor at Albany Law School."That's just not done.'' He said that Ciparick may not have been chosen because she's 66, and thus could serve only four years before being forced to retire, as Kaye is. Overall, he termed the group "by far the strongest list the commission has ever put out. These are extraordinary people.'' (Gannett News Service, "Paterson 'disturbed' by list of potential top judges," 12/1/2008)
In addition to his press interviews, Professor Bonventre has been consistently updating his blog, www.newyorkcourtwatcher.com, which provides ongoing commentary and analysis on the United States Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and other federal and state appeals courts. As a longtime court watcher, he is a widely quoted commentator on courts, judges and various areas of public law.