Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Samuel Straus joins the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Samuel StrausThe Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel Straus ’15 to the position of Associate.

As an Associate, Sam will be working with HNMCP Director Prof. Robert Bordone ‘97 to expand Harvard Law School’s capacity to train students in skills of facilitation and dialogue. In addition, he will be helping lay the groundwork for a larger initiative that HNMCP hopes to build related to political dialogue at the community, state, and federal level. As part of his work, Sam will help develop teaching materials, design curricula, and identify sources of financial support to grow the initiative and keep it sustainable over time.

Sam has served as a co-facilitator and consultant for the Harvard Negotiation Institute, which provides negotiation workshops for attorneys, business executives, and alternative dispute resolution professionals. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant for the Harvard Law School Negotiation Workshop, an intensive semester-long workshop for Harvard graduate students.

Sam focused his academic studies on negotiation and dispute resolution. As a student in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, Sam and his project partners designed a three-day negotiation and facilitation curriculum and delivered the workshop to 36 youth participants from Seeds of Peace, an international peacebuilding organization. Sam was one of only twelve students chosen for the The Lawyer as Facilitator workshop, a course designed to hone facilitation skills through direct practice, including facilitating meetings for Harvard Law School student organizations and the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers. He has also completed coursework in negotiation, dispute systems design, and corporate deal-making. Sam’s other academic interests include communication, pedagogy, and group dynamics.

“I am thrilled to be joining HNMCP now as part of the staff,” notes Sam. “This is a tremendous opportunity to engage with meaningful work that I care deeply about, with a team that truly embraces integrity, creativity, and compassion. I look forward to contributing to this dynamic program, and the one-of-a-kind experience that it fosters for students and clients.”

Prior to finding the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, Sam worked for the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP in Menlo Park, California, and the law firm of Sagy Law Associates in San Francisco, California. Sam received his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego, with a degree in Management Science, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

“I’m delighted to welcome Sam to the HNMCP team,” enthused HNMCP Director Prof. Robert Bordone.  “Sam stood out as simply exceptional during his time as a student at Harvard Law School.  As he joins our team, I know he is destined to be a leader in the negotiation and dispute resolution field. His passion for our work combined with his impressive intellect, deep empathy, and illimitable energy ensure that he will make an enormous contribution not only to HNMCP but to the world at-large.”