Diane Penneys Edelman is a Professor of Legal Writing and Director of International Programs at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where she has taught since 1993. She currently teaches Legal Research, Analysis, Writing, and Oral Communication I and II. With a passion for educating students about the important role that international legal issues play in everyday law practice, Professor Edelman developed and has taught a unique International Advocacy course for first-year law students, in which more than 750 students have participated to date. She has written and spoken regionally, nationally, and internationally about legal writing, the connection between international law and legal writing, and teaching legal writing to students whose first language is not English. Her scholarship has appeared in the Pittsburgh Law Review, the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Drexel Law Review, Perspectives, and the Lithuanian law journal Jurisprudencija, as well as in ABA publications.
Professor Edelman has 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), and she has held leadership positions in sections of the Association of American Law Schools, the American Society of International Law, and the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. Professor Edelman served as Co-Director and then Assistant Dean for Legal Writing at Villanova from 2000 through 2008. 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. She clerked for the Honorable I. Leo Glasser of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and practiced law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York and at Hoyle, Morris & Kerr in Philadelphia prior to entering law teaching.