Liam Montgomery: President of Virginia Law Families, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA

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                            Liam Montgomery: President of Virginia Law Families,
                            University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA
                            [By Mary Waldron]
                            When he was admitted to the University of Virginia School of Law in 2005, Liam Montgomery, current 2L, husband, and
                            father of two, was a newcomer to Charlottesville looking to start a new career and life with his family. While searching
                            for advice and helpful recommendations, Montgomery received an overwhelming response when he met the Virginia Law
                            Families group, whose members immediately reached out to him and his family. Today, Montgomery is president of this
                            group, leading and promoting advocacy for law students with families, as well as support networks for law families who
                            are new to the community or seeking comradeship.



After dedicating  years to the U.S. Navy        support system of friends and law colleagues       relates to issues such as the government’s
as a pilot, Montgomery decided it was time        who know what it is like to push through           rights to search private homes and vehicles
to pursue a more family-time-friendly             the drudgery of law school while raising           and Miranda rights. Although Montgomery
profession that would utilize the set of          a family. In pursuing this goal, the group         has not completely narrowed down his
tools he acquired from his time in the            sponsors low-cost family events like potluck       career focus, he does know that he wants to
Navy. During his naval career, Montgomery         dinners, bagel breakfasts, and apple-picking       be a litigator. He also hopes to do some pro
learned about some of the most basic              outings. It also hosts a weekly playgroup          bono work for child advocacy in the future.
elements of practicing law-quick thinking,        for spouses of students and their children.
public speaking, and making arguments-so          Montgomery’s wife, Tracy, an at-home               The most valuable teaching tools during law
it was no surprise that he was inspired to        mother, hosts the playgroup with their two         school are not only the textbooks and the
become a lawyer.                                  children, Colin, who is three-and-a-half           mock trials but also the lessons and advice
                                                  years old, and Claire, who is two. Through         gathered from genuine law professionals
When Montgomery attended a school-wide            these experiences, law students and their          and faculty who work to guide law students
activities fair at the start of his law school    families have become close friends and             in the right directions during and after law
career, he was looking to buy a home near         mentors to one another.                            school. Montgomery has had the pleasure
the law school and wanted some opinions                                                              of developing several strong relationships
on what areas would be best for raising           Montgomery has begun to merge his legal            with law faculty members, all of whom have
a family. After seeking help from his             education with his legal career ambitions.         influenced him in ways that go beyond the
newfound friends at Virginia Law Families,        Working with some of the best litigators at        material covered in class.
he received 20 responses to his inquiry,          Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC,
which assured him that the University of          in Tysons Corner, VA, Montgomery was able          Brandon Garrett, who became a mentor to
Virginia really did respect and promote law       to exercise his legal research and practice        Montgomery during his first year at Virginia
students who have families.                       skills. This summer, Montgomery will               Law, currently teaches civil rights litigation
                                                  cross the United States, as he is planning         and constantly provides Montgomery with
Virginia Law Families works toward the            to intern in Washington, DC, at Williams           priceless advice on classes and careers
advancement and well-being of students            & Connolly, as well as at Lane Powell in           in law. He also will be Montgomery’s
who battle the challenge of balancing             Seattle, WA.                                       faculty advisor for “The Note,” a major
a demanding law school career with a                                                                 research paper that Montgomery must
happy and healthy family life. The group          To date, Montgomery is not 00% sure about         complete as a member of the school’s
typically lobbies for issues such as parking      what type of law he wants to go into once he       law review, for which he serves as an
support for families, childcare, and high         graduates, but he is sure of one thing: he is      editor. Anne Coughlin, Montgomery’s
chairs for the school dining hall. Soon           learning a huge amount of fascinating and          criminal investigation professor, has also
after Montgomery was elected president,           important information. “Having come from           been an invaluable source of advice and
he reached an agreement with the school           a long career, I treat law school like a job,”     encouragement. “She is truly one of the
that established a designated campus room         he said. His enthusiasm for the material           finest, most enthusiastic, and sincere
for nursing law school mothers. The other         lies primarily within the boundaries of            professors I have ever met. Her level of
aim of Virginia Law Families is to create a       criminal investigation, especially when it         concern for her students is second to none,”



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he said. Ruthie Buck, a professor he had       with enough determination and encouraging   ON THE NET
in his first year, taught him an immense       support, you can do anything you have a
amount about legal research and writing        passion for-even when you have a wife and   University of Virginia School of Law

and ended up being another great mentor        two children depending on you. Embarking    www.law.virginia.edu/html/index.htm

for him.                                       on a major career change after  years
                                                                                           Virginia Law Families
                                               in the U.S. Navy is a difficult task, but
                                                                                           www.student.virginia.edu/~lawfams
Montgomery’s dedication to both his family     Montgomery has taken on the challenge,
and his career is an inspiration to all law    beating out all of the odds.                Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
students and professionals, suggesting that,                                               www.wcsr.com




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