Diane Penneys Edelman is Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where she has taught since 1993, and served as the Director of the Legal Writing Program from 2000 through 2008 She teaches Legal Research, 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, Drexel Law Review, the ABA’s Careers in International Law (4th ed.), 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 served as President and a member of the Board of Directors 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: A Text for Legal Writing Courses and Law School Competitions.” She is a former member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), and a member of the Legal Writing Institute 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. Currently, Professor Edelman serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee, and the Philadelphia Bar Association’s International Law Committee.
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 directed and in which she taught International Art and Cultural Heritage Law for nine years. Professor Edelman also developed Villanova's JD/LLM International Studies program 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: