Diane Edelman Receives Fulbright Specialist Award
Diane Edelman, Director for International Programs and Professor of Legal Writing at Villanova University School of Law has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Vilnius, Lithuania at the European Humanities University.
Edelman traveled to Lithuania in October 2009 and will again travel in April 2010 to teach intensive courses on legal analysis, writing, and oral advocacy to undergraduate and graduate students at European Humanities University. The European Humanities University is a Belarusian university in exile based in Vilnius, Lithuania. The university’s mission is to prepare future leaders of society in an academic environment free of discrimination.
Edelman feels her experience teaching at EHU has been invaluable. “My students were eager to learn, and worked very hard to learn some of the fundamental concepts of common law legal analysis and written communication that are important for a successful legal career, no matter what culture a lawyer is from. I learned from my students as well, and I feel that the flexibility and thinking-on-the-spot skills that I developed at EHU will enhance my teaching at Villanova Law”.
Edelman is looking forward to returning to EHU in April, when she will teach a course in International Advocacy and help to run a regional legal writing conference.
Edelman is one of 400 U.S faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program. The Fulbright Specialists Program, created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, provides short-term academic opportunities to prominent U.S faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post secondary, academic institutions around the world.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is the U.S Government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and its partner countries around the world. Recipients of Fulbright Scholar Awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.