Having retired from a 36-year legal and business
career, I now tutor students in law
, the American legal system, or English
, or all three, as well as basic Russian language
. Having authored widely used textbooks on legal writing
and oral advocacy, business law, and insurance regulation, and having founded and edited a weekly legal newspaper for lawyers in Pennsylvania, I have a breadth of knowledge about law and the American legal system, generally, and business, insurance, and intellectual property law, specifically. Since retirement, I have developed a specialty in teaching American law and legal English to foreign law students and lawyers.
I earned my CELTA designation - the University of Cambridge's (England) widely accepted certification in English language teaching to adults - in Russia in 2010, where I taught English and the American law system to Russian students in a city east of Moscow. In 2012, I was a Visiting Senior Law Professor in a Russian law school near Moscow, teaching about the American legal system. I also taught the fall semester in 2012 at a graduate law (LL.M./master's in law) program in Moscow and return to teach there the fall semester of 2013.
I taught a grant-funded American legal writing and legal English class to a group of lawyers from Tajikistan for four months last year, then a group from different countries for a month - all at the University of Delaware - and will again teach at that university this summer.
Additionally, I was Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies & External Programs at the Temple University School of Law, administering all post-JD programs, including the master of comparative laws (LLM) degree for foreign students, LLM programs in taxation and legal education, continuing legal education for practicing lawyers, and Summer Sessions Abroad (Athens, Rome, Tel Aviv).
I taught legal writing and oral advocacy to law students at Villanova University School of Law and property law to Villanova paralegal students. I developed a course in Communications Law & Ethics for a new graduate program in international public relations and can tutor that subject. I am interested in teaching English to adults, as well as legal English to foreign students studying law and/or business in the United States or (via Skype) studying American/English law abroad. I can tutor students who hope to pass Cambridge University's International Legal English Certificate (ILEC). I live about 30 miles west of Philadelphia and can travel in this region. I not only have a long, distinguished legal career but also am the mother of a young adult and am accordingly "in sync" with young adults. I look forward to tutoring students!