Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Deanna Pantin Parrish joins the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deanna Pantin Parrish to its staff.

Deanna will serve as Lecturer on Law in the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop and as Clinical Instructor with HNMCP, where her main work will focus on supervising current and recruiting new clinical projects. Deanna herself was an HNMCP clinic student during her time at Harvard Law School and completed a project with the USDA.

Prior to returning to Harvard, Deanna worked as the Principal Consultant of CMA Consulting Group, an international firm based in Melbourne, Australia that offers strategic consulting and corporate education on dispute resolution and negotiation to clients across the Asia-Pacific region. In this role, Deanna spearheaded the design and development of bespoke dispute resolution and learning solutions for over 2,000 professionals in law, higher education, organizational development, finance, technology, and government. While in Australia, she designed and taught courses on negotiation and mediation at Monash University Faculty of Law. She has also served as a teaching team member for executive education programs offed by the Harvard Negotiation Institute.

Prior to joining CMA, Deanna practiced as a litigation associate with the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she assisted a wide variety of clients in resolving commercial disputes and international matters. She has also served as a Legal Fellow with the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), mediating disputes in the Circuit Court of Cook County, and training students from Chicago-area law schools in mediation and conflict-resolution skills. Before becoming an attorney, Deanna worked in the government and non-profit sectors, including at the White House under the Obama Administration, and with the Clinton Global Initiative.

“It is an honor to join the brilliant and dedicated team at HNMCP,” says Deanna. “I am especially thrilled to teach, support, and learn from our students. Now is a crucial time for us to continue exploring the role of dispute resolution and systems design in expanding access to justice. I look forward continuing HNMCP’s work to deepen their impact on the field, students, and community alike.”

Deanna holds a B.A. in International & Area Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a certified mediator and member of the District of Columbia Bar.

“We are delighted that Deanna Parrish has joined the HNMCP team,” said HNMCP Acting Director Rachel Viscomi. “She is a gifted teacher, a creative thinker, and a skilled designer. Her insight and experience will enrich our work immeasurably.”