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Professor Vin Bonventre’s popularity is soaring on and off campus.
Prof. Bonventre – who hosted
Albany Law’s Constitution Day celebration – has become a regular guest on several TV and radio shows. And his blog,
New York Court Watcher, is in demand, with over 10,500 pageviews in the month of August.
He was last interviewed Sept. 16 on Fred Dicker’s radio show on Talk 1300 to talk about what is and isn't in the U.S. Constitution.
"The Constitution is not and was never intended to be a catalog of rights," Prof. Bonventre said. “The Constitution sets up a system of government. It organizes the powers of the federal government.”
On Aug. 20, Prof. Bonventre spoke on Dicker’s show about the Glendon Scott Crawford case and legal issues surrounding topless, painted women in New York City’s Times Square. Prior to that, he
appeared on Talk 1300 to discuss the federal crime of making false statements (18 USC 1001), for which numerous celebrities and officials have been convicted. This summer, he also
appeared on Time Warner Cable News' "Capital Tonight" to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act
Prof. Bonventre recently published a multi-part series titled
“Supremely Awful Arguments: Constitutional Nonsense” to his blog, which is devoted to commentary on developments at the Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and other state supreme courts nationwide.
Prof. Bonventre teaches a number of courses at Albany Law, including Court of Appeals Intensive, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure: Investigation, International Law of War and Crime, Judicial Process, Legal Profession and Professional Responsibility Seminar.
He joined Albany Law School in 1990 and has taught as a visiting professor at Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Public Affairs. He’s the author of Streams of Tendency on the New York Court: Ideological and Jurisprudential Patterns in the Judges' Voting and Opinions, and has published articles on judicial decision-making, state constitutional law, criminal and civil rights, legal ethics, and the New York Court of Appeals. Also on his resume: founding editor-in-chief, Government, Law, & Policy Journal (New York State Bar Association); editor, State Constitutional Commentary; and director, The Center for Judicial Process.
With a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Bonventre clerked for Judges Matthew J. Jasen and Stewart F. Hancock Jr. of the New York State Court of Appeals, held a U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Fellowship, and served in U.S. Army Military Intelligence and Judge Advocate General's Corps.