Rima Idzelis

Senior Lecturing Fellow
Director, Legal Writing Program for International Students


Rima Idzelis directs the Legal Writing Program for International Students.  She teaches U.S. Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis for International Students and the Advanced Legal Writing Workshop. Professor Idzelis also teaches a number of skills-based and content-based workshops for LLM students during the academic year and she teaches during the Summer Institute on Law, Language & Culture. Idzelis also works on admissions and directs the SJD Tutorial.  Her research interests focus on comparing the uses of language choice and legal analysis in a global context, differences in cultural context and competency in legal analysis and writing, and cross-cultural awareness in the classroom.

During law school, Idzelis assisted with setting up the first legal clinic at Petrozavodsk University in Karelia through the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Program. After graduation, she practiced as an Associate with the Washington, DC, law firm of Morgan Lewis in their Nuclear Energy section.  She represented clients that included multinational corporations and international businesses seeking counsel in the United States. Moving on to join a federal agency, she served as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Administrative Law Judges and she also worked with the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, where she analyzed natural resource distribution laws and policies worldwide. 

Prior to Duke Law, Idzelis taught Legal Writing, Research, and Oral Advocacy at the University of Maryland School of Law. Idzelis holds membership with the District of Columbia bar as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.