Alexandria Montanio lives each day by this creed: “Function in disaster, finish in style.” This mantra has landed her the 2018 Philanthropic 5 award from the United Way of Central Maryland, a board position on the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, the chairman position for the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap and countless other feats – all before the age of 30.
She works to demonstrate that lawyers can be champions for social justice, especially those in private practice. Some of her most challenging work comes from her pro bono cases, assisting children with special needs – and often during a difficult time.
Montanio negotiated a settlement agreement with the public school system for a student who had been sexually assaulted. Montanio’s efforts ensured the student had access to classroom support and counseling services in order to continue with her education and address the trauma she suffered.
“The student missed nearly a year of school as a result of these events and seeing her family’s relief when we were able to work out a way for this student to receive an education was one of the most rewarding professional experiences I’ve had,” Montanio said.
As chairman of the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap, Montanio secured $125,000 worth of supplies to help teachers pay less out of pocket. She coaches the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law Black Law Student Association’s negotiation team. Gordon Feinblatt, her employer, sponsors her team – which eases the financial burden that could otherwise prohibit some students from participating. Montanio loves seeing her hard work pay off, especially when her mentees succeed.
“Seeing that kind of growth in a student, and knowing she will go on to help others, makes the long practice hours after work and on the weekends worth every minute,” Montanio said.