Archive for December, 2019

December 17, 2019

Montana Presents at Legal Writing Institute’s One-Day Workshop at St. Mary’s

Professor Patricia Montana presented at the Legal Writing Institute’s One-Day Workshop on Developing Life-Long Learners hosted by St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, on December 13, 2019.

Patricia Montana

In her presentation, titled Diving, Not Cannonballing, Into a Case, Professor Montana discussed how using analogies is a great teaching device to help new law students understand the process of legal analysis.  By connecting lessons on critical reading, rule synthesis, and rule application to familiar experiences, law students are more comfortable with the process, more open to the challenge, and more engaged with the material.  In the presentation, Professor Montana explored several analogies that she uses in her first semester legal writing courseincluding her dive, don’t cannonball analogy, which reinforces the idea that students must read with a clear purpose 
December 6, 2019

Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic, Led by Goldweber and Calabrese, Receives Award from Queens District Attorney’s Office

The Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic was honored by the Queens County District Attorneys Office for its collaborative work with the Economic Crimes Bureau, Elder Fraud Unit, on several deed theft cases.

Older Queens residents, especially in communities of color, have been targeted and victimized in deed theft and foreclosure rescue scams. Clinic students, under the supervision of Professors Ann Goldweber and Gina Calabrese have represented several victims in civil actions to recover their homes while the District Attorney’s Office has pursued criminal charges and felony convictions.


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