Dana Montalto is a Lecturer-on-Law and Clinical Instructor in the Veterans Legal Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She represents veterans with less-than-honorable discharges in seeking military discharge upgrades and federal and state veteran benefits. Dana also founded the Veterans Justice Pro Bono Partnership, which connects veterans who wrongfully received less-than-honorable discharges with pro bono attorneys seeking to give back to those who served.
She is the primary author of Underserved: How VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper on behalf of Swords to Plowshares and the National Veterans Legal Services Program and Turned Away: How VA Unlawfully Denies Health Care to Veterans with Bad Paper Discharges on behalf of OUTVETS; and she co-authored With Malice Toward None: Revisiting the Historical & Legal Basis for Excluding Veterans from “Veteran” Services, 122 Penn. St. L. Rev. 69 (2017).
Dana received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Wellesley College and her law degree from Yale Law School, where she participated in the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and the International Refugee Assistance Project. She joined the Legal Services Center in 2014 as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow after completing a clerkship for the Honorable F. Dennis Saylor IV of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
- B.A. Political Science & Middle Eastern Studies Wellesley College, 2009
- J.D. Yale Law School, 2013
- Margaret Kuzma, Dana Montalto, Elizabeth Gwin & Daniel Nagin, Military Discharge Upgrade: Legal Practice Manual (American Bar Association 2021).