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Lisa Montpetit Brabbit

Associate Dean for External Relations and Programs

  • Education
  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
    B.A., Saint Mary's College (IN)

Lisa Montpetit Brabbit is the Associate Dean for External Relations and Programs at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She earned her B.A. cum laude at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She went on to earn her J.D. at William Mitchell College of Law where she served on the Law Review. Before joining St. Thomas, she specialized in personal injury, products liability and wrongful death. Brabbit holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

In 2002, Minnesota Law and Politics named Brabbit one of the top 50 women lawyers in Minnesota and she has been named Super Lawyer on 8 occasions. Most recently, she was the recipient of Minnesota Women Lawyer's most prestigious award, the Myra Bradwell Award. The Myra Bradwell Award is presented to an MWL member who expresses the highest ideals of the legal profession and who possesses the qualities exemplified by Myra Bradwell including courage, perseverance and leadership on issues of concern to women.

Brabbit received the Excellence in Professional Preparation award from St. Thomas in 2004. In 2005, Minnesota Lawyer honored her as one of fifteen Minnesota Attorneys of the Year. During her time as Director of Mentor Externship Program, the Program received the prestigious E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA (2005) and earned Honorable Mention for the National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism (2005). In June of 2007, she received the Hennepin County Bar Association's Professionalism Award. She is a founding member of The Infinity Project and the Minnesota Women's Press named her a 2008 Changemaker for her work on the Infinity Project. She serves on the Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association. She is a past-president of Minnesota Women Lawyers and serves on its Advisory Board. She serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the Minnesota Association for Justice. She is an invited member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Most recently, she joined the Board of Directors for the Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.