Professor Montanaro is one of the nation's premier animal welfare attorneys. She served as chair of the American Bar Association TIPS Animal Law Committee. Additionally, she served as the delegate representing Rhode Island and Massachusetts for the annual International Animal Law Summit. She is the author of several published works, including legal scholarship, with publications in law review and legal periodicals. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She received a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts and a J.D. from the Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts. She is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.