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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Negotiating Climate Change: The Perils of “America First”

by Robert C. Bordone Much ink has been spent lamenting President Trump’s decision to withdraw from The Paris Agreement. Political leaders, scientists, environmental policy experts, and even U.S. companies have condemned Trump’s move. More than just promoting ecological and humanitarian disaster, President Trump’s decision hurts the United States from a diplomatic and negotiation perspective.   … More

Monday, May 22, 2017

In Support of Our Art

by Adriel Borshansky   This year’s art contest at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program brought in over fifty submissions from Harvard Law School, the greater Boston area, and around the world. We received paintings, sculptures, photographs, and poems—some from seasoned artists and some from individuals who were trying their hand at an art… More

Monday, April 3, 2017

Why I Will Take a Trump Supporter to Coffee

I began to rethink my own involvement during this administration. I will not stop going to protests, or writing letters to senators, but I will also turn the other cheek and, engage with those who cause me outrage. The centerpiece of the average Trump supporter’s belief is an inability to empathize deeply with the plight of others. I will engage genuinely and openly with those who make my face flush – and that will be my resistance.… More

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Finding Your Voice: What is Your “Call”?

  by Robert C. Bordone    The present moment is one of deep uncertainty and fear for many in our local Harvard Law School community and in the nation and world-at-large. There is, of course, the palpable fear that students of color, immigrant students, LGBTQ students, and Muslim students face as the tides of xenophobia… More

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Syllabus for “Political Dialogue in Polarizing Times: Election 2016” Now Publicly Posted

The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) has made its new syllabus on political dialogue publicly available on the Berkman Center’s class tools website, H20. Inspired by the success of our reading group on Political Dialogue in Polarizing Times: Election 2016, HNMCP Director and Clinical Professor Bob Bordone ‘97 and Assistant Director and Lecturer Rachel Viscomi ’01… More

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Morning in America: November 9, 2016

by Heather Kulp First published on Harvard Law Today You roll out of bed, seeking coffee and your morning news. Groggily, you realize it’s Wednesday morning, November 9—the day after the presidential election. S/he’s won. You may be thrilled. You may not be. Either way, you have to go to work/the dinner table/a church potluck/your… More

Friday, November 4, 2016

YNMCP and Labor Conditions at A&M Apparel: A New Dispute Systems Design Role Play

By Alonzo Emery First published on the HLS Case Studies Blog In a new negotiation role play from the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), the world’s leading clothing company is a client in need of dispute systems design. A&M Apparel, headquartered in the prosperous United Commonwealth, relies on supply chain factories across the… More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Listening Room, Episode 1: A Seat at the Table

From a public school to negotiations over the Iran nuclear program to a neighborhood in Baltimore, group decisionmaking is inevitably impacted by who’s at the table—and who’s not. In this inaugural episode of “The Listening Room,” we hear about three very different experiences trying to get individuals to the negotiating table—and what happened once they… More

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Listening Room: An Introduction

Conflict, as a topic, is conducive to stories. Conflict forms the heart of a good novel; it gives color and character to an otherwise placid movie; it even features heavily in the lyrics to our favorite songs. Similarly, the ways we handle conflict in our lives or work constitute narratives—sometimes, those narratives tell of dramatic… More

Monday, May 16, 2016

Reimagining the Presidential Debates

During the last election cycle, I wrote an op-ed with my colleague, Heather Kulp, noting that the so-called Presidential debates had devolved into something more akin to football matches.  With the emphasis on entertainment, strict time clocks, and ubiquitous analysis of who “won,” the prospect of any thoughtful discussion of the issues seemed to fade… More

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Ground of Identity

There have been at least 13 iterations of this piece. Last December, the first draft began— In November, someone placed strips of black tape over the portraits of tenured black professors at Harvard Law. Today, as I read “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates told me, “hate gives identity.”1 I was, at first, unsure whether… More

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

May the Force Be With You

I love negotiation theory. In fact, I hope to make a long career out of teaching others how to negotiate effectively. But every time someone asks me about my future profession, their eyes glaze over as I describe how one can use empathy and self-awareness to get what he or she wants. I have discovered… More

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Facilitation Challenges: Navigating the Space Between Neutrality and Identity

As a brand-new student in the art of facilitation, one of my first lessons was in the importance of maintaining neutrality on the substance of discussion and, relatedly, in the value of calling in an outside facilitator to a sensitive discussion. The theory underlying this concept is that, by remaining neutral as to content, the… More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Resetting Broken Bones: Real Talk at Harvard Law School

As long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a Body of broken bones. Even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish, without some pain at the differences that come between them. … More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Reflections on Real Talk: An Introduction

By Robert C. Bordone, Jon Hanson, Jacob Lipton, and Sam W. Straus   HNMCP is proud to announce the launch of a new series on our blog sharing the experiences of facilitators in our new student initiative, Real Talk. In fall 2015 the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP),in collaboration with the Systemic Justice… More

Monday, February 22, 2016

Scalia and Ginsburg: The Likeliest of Friendships

by Robert C. Bordone & Sara del Nido Budish   For many years, articles in the media have marveled at the “unlikely friendship” between Justices Scalia and Ginsburg. Indeed, the pair has been dubbed “the odd couple” (by Justice Scalia himself). With Justice Scalia’s passing, there has been a new wave of commentary touting this… More

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Real Talk – An Introduction

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) and the Systemic Justice Project (SJP) proudly launch a four-part blog series, with each of the works stemming from the program’ joint initiative called Real Talk. The Real Talk pilot program, an initiative for dialogue, diversity, equity, and inclusion, placed twenty student participants in four small groups… More

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trump’s Losing Negotiation Strategy

In many circles people imagine Donald Trump to be a skilled and savvy dealmaker. He wrote a book about reaching agreements, and he brags ad nauseum about building a corporate and real estate empire. He talks incessantly about how under his leadership America is going to “win” every negotiation it encounters. Right below the surface… More

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fallacies Of ADR Career Advice: Fallacy #5

This is the final post in a five-part blog series by HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Heather Scheiwe Kulp on advice to law students and young professionals interested in ADR as a career. The series is intended to examine the fallacies our students often hear, and to give us tools for both combating the fallacies… More

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fallacies of ADR Career Advice: Fallacy #4

This is the fourth in a five-part blog series by HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Heather Scheiwe Kulp on advice to law students and young professionals interested in ADR as a career. The series is intended to examine the fallacies our students often hear, and to give us tools for both combating the fallacies and responding… More