From the archive

Volume IV - Issue II

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Letter from the Director

  Dear Friends of HNMCP, The summer of 2011 is one of transition for HNMCP.  We will be welcoming two talented new members to our team while wishing fond farewells to two others. I am pleased to announce that Rory Van Loo ’07 will be joining us in the newly created role of Assistant Director.… More

Spring 2011 Projects

  This spring, HNMCP worked with four wonderful clients. All of this spring’s projects focused in some way or another on the evaluation or construction of dispute management systems, from the development of a strategic and long term growth plan for an Ombuds Office (American Red Cross), to a conflict management system for a congregation… More

Student Spotlight – Sonjia Vallabh ’11

Given the range of clinic options available at Harvard Law School, why did you choose the Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP)? I’ve already been involved with the ADR program at the law school, through the Harvard Mediation Program and the Negotiation Workshop, so I knew what I was signing up for when I chose… More

Client Spotlight – Dr. Howard Gadlin

DR. HOWARD GADLIN Ombudsman, National Institutes of Health I originally learned about HNMCP through my professional acquaintance with Professor Bob Bordone. I’ve been a guest lecturer in his Dispute Systems Design class for several years and I am a big fan of him and of his work. When I was at UCLA I had great… More

Student Spotlight: Rasmus Naeye LLM ’11

“It is a true blessing to work in a team that is passionate about a project and share an interest in the issues.”… More

Alumna Spotlight: Amy Gordon ’08

“I learned the importance of always putting yourself in the other person’s shoes, thinking about issues from different perspectives. This has been of tremendous help in the Army, where you have people from different backgrounds, education and skill levels, interests and religions, all working together in an intense environment.”… More

Goings and Comings

It is a time of great transition for HNMCP as the clinic bids farewell to long-time team member Stephan Sonnenberg ’06, who has helped build the clinic from its earliest days. HNMCP also welcomes two new members to its staff, Rory Van Loo ’07 in the newly created role of Assistant Director, and Chad Carr ’06 as Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law.… More

HNMCP receives the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s 2010 Award for Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum

The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) selected the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) to be the recipient of its 2010 Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award at its annual awards banquet on January 11, 2011 at the New York offices of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. The clinic’s director and founder, Professor Robert C. Bordone ’97, traveled to New York to receive the award with HNMCP Associate Tobias Berkman ’10. Speakers and special guests included CPR President and CEO Kathleen Bryan, members of the CPR Board of Directors, and other leaders in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). … More

Dispute Resolution in Egyptian Microfinance Markets

A few short weeks before the eyes of the world turned to Egypt and the anti-government uprisings there, HNMCP students and staff were on the ground investigating dispute resolution in the microfinance industry, a relatively small but growing area for Egypt with a huge potential to improve the economic situation for many people there.… More

Hewlett Packard and the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative

  Over the course of the 2009/2010 academic year, HNMCP partnered with Hewlett Packard (HP) and the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to research and help find ways for workers at two electronics factories in southern China to resolve their disputes. HNMCP also investigated whether those dispute resolution… More

HNMCP teams up with WilmerHale on new pedagogical tool

This summer, Professor Bordone and HNMCP Associate Toby Berkman will be completing work on a negotiation film project. The project represents a collaboration among HNMCP, Harvard Law School Media Services, and the law firm WilmerHale. … More

Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project

Is it a criminal act to engage in human rights and conflict resolution training with, or provide humanitarian assistance to, groups that are on the U.S. State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs)? How do we balance global safety while supporting the work of peace-builders and negotiators? These questions were addressed on March 25, 2011, at the Criminalization of Conflict Resolution Symposium at Harvard Law School. … More

Harvard Mediation Program 30th Anniversary

After studying law and mediation in the People’s Republic of China post-college, David G. Seibel ’97 was eager to find the best training possible in alternative dispute resolution. He chose HLS in large part because of the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), a Student Practice Organization which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary of training students and community volunteers to mediate disputes in small claims court and other settings.… More

Cross-school collaboration: HLS Negotiation Workshop students cross the bridge to negotiate with HBS

On a raw and rainy winter day in Boston, in a small room at Harvard Business School, two teams of students sit facing each other across a conference table. Each team includes two HBS students playing the roles of corporate executives at major drug companies, and an HLS student acting as their corporate attorney.… More

Class Notes Spring 2011

    Kristi Jobson ̕ 11 gave birth to Declan on May 23, 2011, weighing 8lbs., 6ozs. Mother and son are doing well.       Stephanie Singer ’10 is thrilled to announce the birth of Samuel Ross Singer on January 31.  “When Bob taught that babies negotiate from day one, he wasn’t kidding!”  … More