Diane Penneys Edelman is Professor of Legal Writing and Director of International Programs at Villanova University School of Law, where she has taught since 1993. She teaches Legal Analysis, Writing and Oral Advocacy I and II, and has previously taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy and Legal Analysis & Writing for Undergraduates. At Villanova, she created and has taught in a unique International Advocacy course for first-year law students, in which more than 600 students have participated to date. She has written and spoken regionally and nationally about legal writing, the connection between international law and legal writing, and teaching legal writing to students whose first language is not English. She is a co-author of From Product to Process: Evolution of a Legal Writing Program, published in the Pittsburgh Law Review, as well as articles in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law and Perspectives.
Professor Edelman also served on the Editorial Board of Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, and on the Board and Executive Committee of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and is President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation (www.culturalheritagelaw.org). Professor Edelman is the author of the forthcoming ”Legal Writing in an International Context: Persuasive Writing and Oral Advocacy – A Text for Legal Writing Courses and Law School Competitions.” She is a former member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and an active member of the Legal Writing Institute, and the American Society of International Law. She also served as Chair of the Citation Manual Advisory Committee of ALWD, and as Chair of the International Legal Exchange Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Edelman served as Co-Director and then Assistant Dean for Legal Writing from 2000 through 2008.
As Director of International Programs, Professor Edelman designed and taught in Villanova’s summer program in Montréal in 2004 and 2005. She also designed the Villanova – University of St. Thomas summer program in Rome, which she directs and in which she has taught International Art and Cultural Heritage Law since 2007. Professor Edelman has also developed Villanova's new JD/LLM dual degree programs in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leiden, Birkbeck College of the University of London, the National University of Singapore, and the City University of Hong Kong.
Professor Edelman has been active in developing legal skills training programs for foreign lawyers and law professors. Her activities in this area include:
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Professor Edelman is a graduate of Princeton University and Brooklyn Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.