About Us

Our Work

Founded in 2006 by Professor Robert Bordone, the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program focuses on cutting edge work in dispute systems design, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation.

Our clients are U.S.-based and international and include private corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community groups. Our students develop critical problem-solving skills, apply theory to practice, and deliver tailored conflict management solutions to our clients.

Our Services

Dispute Systems Evaluation          Dispute Systems Design
Conflict Analysis                              Stakeholder Assessment
Facilitated Dialogue                        Mediation
Strategic Negotiation Advice         Curriculum development & Delivery
Consensus Building Effort

Our Mission

  • Train Harvard Law School students in the theory and practice of negotiation and conflict management;
  • Serve clients by building their capacity for effective conflict management and successful negotiation;
  • Serve the legal profession and the dispute resolution field by producing practice-informed scholarship, creating innovative teaching pedagogy, and inspiring and building a community of problem-solving law school graduates.

Our Team

Professor Robert Bordone

Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Director, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Most students at Harvard Law School know Professor Bob Bordone as the lead instructor for Harvard Law School’s flagship Spring Negotiation Workshop and founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. Bob is the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS).  In addition to the Negotiation Workshop, Bob teaches… More

Rachel Viscomi

Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Before coming to HNMCP, Rachel Viscomi worked as a Principal in the Corporate Education Practice of Vantage Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm that helps clients achieve business results by transforming the way they negotiate and manage their key relationships. At Vantage, Rachel worked closely with Fortune 500 clients from a wide range of industries (energy,… More

Sara del Nido Budish

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Sara served as the HNMCP Clinical Fellow from 2014-2016 before being hired as the newest member of the HNMCP Clinical Instruction team and a Lecturer on Law for the Negotiation Workshop. During her tenure as Clinical Fellow, Sara supervised several ADR student groups and worked on many special projects with the Director, including our new podcast, The… More

Rachel Krol

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Before joining HNMCP, Rachel taught negotiation at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and led interactive negotiation and leadership workshops designed specifically for young women through her company, Connect More Consulting. Rachel has also served as a teaching team member for executive education seminars offed by the Harvard Negotiation Institute and courses at Penn… More

Adriel Borshansky

Clinical Fellow, HNMCP

Adriel Borshansky is HNMCP’s Clinical Fellow, working on special research and writing projects within the Clinic and with Harvard Law School student practice organizations. Adriel is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) where he earned a Masters in Theological Studies focusing on Judaism and Islam and was a co-founder of the HDS Racial Justice and… More

Tracy Blanchard

Clinical Administrator, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Faculty Assistant to Prof. Bob Bordone, Rachel Viscomi, and Alonzo Emery

Tracy Blanchard is a certified Non-Violent Communication™ (NVC) mediator and is trained to mediate in the Massachusetts’ court system. She is a member of the Harvard Mediation Program, where she has served on the Training Corps and as Liaison in Malden District Court. She has also developed and delivered conflict management trainings for the Harvard… More

Christina Haines

Program Assistant

Christina Haines is the part-time Program Assistant for HNMCP.  Prior to joining HNMCP, Christina worked as Manager of the Reimagine Learning Fund at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy firm, where she managed the fund’s communications and engagement with a network of  200+ organizations and supported strategic priorities of the fund including convenings and investment… More

John Rzasa

Negotiation Workshop Coordinator

Bio to come… More

Maureen Griffin

Program Manager, Harvard Mediation Program

While temping in Dean Vorenberg’s office in 1988, a chance meeting with Prof. Charles Ogletree lay the foundation for Maureen “Mo” Griffin’s tenure at Harvard Law School (HLS). Inspired by Ogletree’s work, Mo accepted the position of Administrative Director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), the curriculum-based criminal defense and juvenile justice clinic at HLS,… More

Ana Carolina Riella

Outreach and Case Coordinator, Harvard Mediation Program

Ana Carolina Riella is the Outreach and Case Coordinator for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP). After completing her training with HMP in 2010, Ana mediated small claims cases in the Cambridge and Malden District Courts. In 2013 she was selected for the very first HMP Training Corp, a seven-member team charged with teaching new trainees… More

Cathy Mondell

Interim Clinical Supervisor, Harvard Mediation Program

Cathy Mondell is the interim Clinical Supervisor for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP). Cathy mediates cases in local courts using the facilitative co-mediation model taught by HMP, as well as through her own practice which focuses on mediation and arbitration services for complex commercial cases. Cathy is an active member of multiple organizations in the Boston… More

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