Diane Penneys Edelman is a Professor of Law and Director of International Programs who has taught here 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 integrates international legal issues that arise in U.S. state and federal courts into her Legal Writing II course. 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, Penn State International Law Review, Perspectives, and the Lithuanian law journal Jurisprudencija, as well as in several ABA publications. She taught intensive legal writing and oral advocacy courses at European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania as a Fulbright Specialist in 2009 and 2010, and taught Oral Advocacy to Russian law students at the Pericles Law Center – Center for Legal Education during the summers of 2017 and 2019. At Villanova Law, Professor Edelman has also taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy and International Art & Cultural Heritage Law, and Legal Writing for Undergraduates (Villanova University Department of English). In December 2018, she received the Global Legal Skills Award “in recognition of her early and sustained contributions to the promotion of legal skills internationally, to international legal exchange programs, and to closer cooperation between law professors and the global practicing bar.”
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. She also served as President of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation, and has held leadership positions in sections of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Society of International Law. She is the immediate Past Co-Chair of the International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association. In addition, Professor Edelman was elected to the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in December 2018, and she serves as Co-Chair of the Association’s International Law Committee and Committee on Academic Engagement. 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.