Patricia Grande Montana
B.A., Wellesley College (magna cum laude)
Professor Montana has been teaching legal writing and other skills courses at St. John’s law school for over a decade and has written extensively on legal writing theory and pedagogy and professional skills instruction. She is the author of the book Navigating Law School’s Waters: A Guide to Success, a practical guide on how to prepare for the first year of law school. In addition to teaching Legal Writing I, Legal Writing II and Lawyering to first-year students, Professor Montana teaches advanced writing and skills courses, including Advanced Interviewing & Counseling, Drafting: Federal Civil Practice, Drafting: Contracts and Drafting: Transnational Civil Litigation.
She is also the founder and Director of the current Street Law Program, in which 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 these 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.
Before joining the faculty, Professor Montana was a litigation attorney at the New York office of Latham & Watkins. There, she 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 is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a member of the New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.