Monday, August 24, 2020

Lisa Dicker ʼ17 joins the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Dicker ʼ17 to its staff.

Lisa will serve as a Clinical Instructor with HNMCP, where her main work will focus on supervising current and recruiting new clinical projects. Lisa herself was a clinic student in HNMCP during her time at Harvard Law School and completed two projects—the first with the New Hampshire Superior Court and the second with the Mennonite Central Committee.

Prior to joining HNMCP, Lisa was Counsel at a global pro bono law firm where she advised on peace negotiations, conflict prevention, transitional justice, and post-conflict democratic transitions. Her portfolio included advising delegations to the Sudanese Peace Talks, the Sudanese Constitutional Declaration negotiations, the UN-led Intra-Syrian Peace Process, and the Astana Ceasefire Talks for Syria; counseling practitioners across the Middle East & North Africa on community-led transitional justice efforts; advising the Tanzanian government and civil society actors on efforts to counter violent extremism; and supporting localized peacebuilding efforts in Yemen.

Lisa is also an Adjunct Professor in Bay Path University’s M.S. Leadership & Negotiation program, and has served on teaching teams for Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Workshop, Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation’s executive education courses, and independent programs. Lisa also volunteers as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line.

“I am thrilled to join HNMCP and to, through the clinic and courses, assist students in building a foundation of knowledge, skills, and experiences that empowers them to not see a conflict as a matter to simply be resolved, but rather as an opportunity,” says Dicker. “Through critical and skillful engagement, these moments are an opportunity to seek better outcomes and build more equitable systems that meet their interests, their clients’ interests, and the interests of justice”

Lisa holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee.

“I could not be more delighted to have Lisa Dicker join our team,” said HNMCP Director Rachel Viscomi. “I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Lisa in many different capacities—as a student, as a teacher, as a client, as a colleague. She has surpassed my expectations in every context. I know that she will bring the same gifts she’s demonstrated in those arenas—her sharp analytical skills, tireless work ethic, deep commitment to this work, profound powers of empathy and connection, and an unparalleled sense of humor and teamwork—to HNMCP. And we will surely be the better for it.”

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is the nation’s first legal clinic focusing on dispute systems design and conflict management. HNMCP was founded in 2006 to take Harvard Law School students from theory to practice in the fields of negotiation, dispute resolution, and conflict management. HNMCP trains a new generation of lawyers with the skills—in negotiation, mediation, facilitated dialogue, stakeholder assessment, dispute systems evaluation and design, conflict analysis, and curriculum development—necessary to help their clients manage their negotiations and disputes efficiently and creatively.