Vivien T. Montz
Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills
B.A., Philosophy, 1981, Yale University; J.D., cum laude, 1986, University of Miami; Member, Florida State Bar
Phone: (213) 738-8242
Vivien Montz was a partner in, and more recently of counsel to, the firm of Siegfried, Rivera, Lerner, De La Torre & Sobel, P.A., in Coral Gables, Florida, where she practiced in the areas of condominium law and construction law from 2003 to 2012, when she joined the Southwestern LAWS faculty. She also taught a variety of legal research, writing and advocacy courses at the University of Miami School of Law during the past two decades.
"I hope to provide my students with core skills in any track they may choose, which should be enhanced by my teaching experience and my background as a partner in a firm with a diverse practice."
While a law student at Miami, Professor Montz won the Advanced Moot Court Competition and several interscholastic moot court awards as well as the American College of Trial Lawyers Medal for Excellence in Advocacy. She returned to teach at her alma mater from 1992 to 2002, as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lecturer of Law, also serving for five years as Assistant Director of the Legal Research and Writing Program, before going into private practice. Professor Montz continued to teach as a Part-time Lecturer in the Legal Research and Writing Program through 2010. In addition to legal writing, her substantive courses have included Appellate Argument, Sociology of Law and Controversial Legal Trends.
Professor Montz is enthusiastic about Southwestern's unique three-track LAWS program. "Southwestern is an innovative law school in many ways, including the choice of three advocacy tracks for first-year students," she says. "I hope to provide my students with core skills in any track they may choose, which should be enhanced by my teaching experience and my background as a partner in a firm with a diverse practice."
Professor Montz's recent scholarly articles have appeared in Georgetown Journal on Gender & Law, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal and University of Miami Law Review. She also authored online seminars for C.L.E. certification in 20 states on topics such as contracts, sexual harassment and employment law, media law, abortion law and reproductive rights and gays in the military.
Books and Chapters
Essential Contract Terms: Avoiding Future Problems by Addressing Key Issues in THE FUNDAMENTALS OF CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS IN FLORIDA: UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES (Lorman Education Services, 2010)
Shifting Parameters: An Examination of Recent Changes in the Baseline of Actionable Conduct For Hostile Working Environment Sexual Harassment, 3 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL ON GENDER & LAW 809 (2002)
Recent Incitement Claims Against Publishers and Filmmakers: Restraints on First Amendment Rights or Proper Limits on Violent Speech? 1 VIRGINIA SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT LAW JOURNAL 171 (2002)
The Peremptory Challenge: Should It Still Exist? An Examination of Federal and Florida Law, 54 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW 451 (with C. Montz; 2000)