Patricia Grande Montana
Professor of Legal Writing, Director of Street Law Program. B.A., Wellesley College (magna cum laude); J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (cum laude).
Before joining the law faculty in 2003, Professor Montana was a litigation associate at the New York office of Latham & Watkins. While at Latham & Watkins, Professor Montana practiced complex civil litigation, concentrating on intellectual property matters. She also committed considerable time to pro bono work, including representing low-income battered women in custody, child support, and divorce proceedings. Professor Montana was also a member of the firm’s Paralegal Committee, which hired, supervised, and trained paralegals.
Professor Montana has also volunteered as a law teacher to seventh-grade students at the Mott Hall School, an intermediate school located in Harlem, New York. There, she taught a practical law class designed to develop the students’ problem solving, writing, and reading skills through instruction of legal principles in the areas of criminal, tort, family, and individual rights law.
In addition to her teaching at St. John’s, Professor Montana was a visiting professor at Hofstra University School of Law during the summer 2006, where she taught Legal Writing and Research. She was also an adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey in 2005 and 2006. There, she taught the courses Foundations of Legal Research, Wills, Trusts & Probate Law, and Legal Writing.
At St. John's, Professor Montana currently teaches Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II, Drafting: Federal Civil Practice and Lawyering. She is also the founder and Director of the current Street Law Program. She teaches the Street Law: Legal Education in the Community Seminar and oversees the Street Law: Legal Education in the Community Placement. In that program, law students teach a practical law course to high school students in Queens, New York. While serving the Queens community, law students develop practical legal knowledge, professional responsibility, and important lawyering skills, such as the ability to organize complex legal ideas and communicate them effectively to an audience of non- lawyers.
In addition to those courses, Professor Montana has previously taught the Summer Clinical Externship Seminar, Introduction to the Law and Legal Profession, as well as Legal Skills in the Summer Institute Program.
Professor Montana is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a member of the New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.