News Archive


Thursday, December 3, 2015

What Video Doesn’t Show About Race In America, And Why It Matters

This is an Op/Ed on WBUR’s Cognoscenti by Robert C. Bordone and Sara E. del Nido Budish The video’s brevity doesn’t make it easier to watch. A 17-year old boy walks along a Chicago street when several police cruisers pull up alongside him. He steps away and, seconds later, a single officer fires multiple rounds —… More

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Everett Police Department and HNMCP Begin Joint Initiative

The City of Everett Police Department and the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) are pleased to announce the start of a new three month joint initiative to assess perceptions of current Department practices and address any potential sources of tension or conflict between police and local youth. While the Department has worked hard… More

Monday, September 28, 2015

You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy

We’re excited to announce a new article co-authored by HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law, Heather Scheiwe Kulp, “You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy,” published in the new issue of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (Vol. 48, 2015), subtitled “New Directions in Community Lawyering, Social… More

Friday, September 25, 2015

Open positions with Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinic

HNMCP is excited to post two open positions for next academic year! Please submit your resume through the Harvard University ASPIRE website. All inquiries should be directed to the Harvard Law School Human Resources Department. We will not accept resumes or inquires at the Clinic Office. Auto req ID 37030BR Business Title Negotiation & Mediation Clinical… More

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Samuel Straus joins the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The 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… More

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Welcome Class of 2018


Monday, August 24, 2015

The Negotiation Within

HNMCP Director Bob Bordone, former HNMCP Associate Toby Berkman ’10, and Clinical Fellow Sara del Nido ’13, and have been published in the Fall 2014 volume of the University of Missouri School of Law’s Journal of Dispute Resolution. The article is entitled, “The Negotiation Within: The Impact of Internal Conflict Over Identity and Role on… More

Monday, June 8, 2015

Winners of the 2nd Annual HNMCP Art Contest Now Hanging in Pound Hall

This spring, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program held its 2nd annual Art Contest. The motivation behind the contest is our belief that creative expressions of conflict resolution promote and advance peace itself. HNMCP builds community around conflict resolution skills and practice, and we want our space to reflect our values. We seek to… More

Monday, May 11, 2015

Executive Education this summer at the Program on Negotiation

Every June our colleagues at the Program on Negotiation (PON) offer a terrific slate of executive education courses in negotiation, mediation, and dealmaking with leaders in the field, geared specifically for practitioners in the field—lawyers, government officials, executives, and professionals across diverse functions and industries. HNMCP Director Bob Bordone will be teaching the intensive five-day… More

Monday, May 11, 2015

Harvard Mediation Program & Boston Police Department Discussing Mediation Program

The Harvard Mediation program is currently working with the Boston Police Department (BPD) to craft a civilian complaint mediation program for the BPD. The program would handle grievances involving accusations of rudeness, unprofessional conduct, and abusive language, freeing the Internal Affairs Division to focus on more serious complaints. You can read more about this project… More

Monday, May 4, 2015

HNMCP Clinical Project Offers Analysis & Hope in Town Council’s Difficult Conversations

There have been several articles today covering the HNMCP clinical project with the Sudbury Clergy Association (SCA). The SCA contracted HNMCP to assist with increasingly hostile exchanges between and among stakeholders in a variety of settings and to make recommendations for a kinder, gentler protocol for doing business at Town Meetings, in town government, and in the schools. Seanan… More

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Amal Elbakhar named Fellow in Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Congratulations to Amal Elbakhar, co-President of Harvard Negotiators, who is one of 30 recipients selected to receive the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. The recipients, called “fellows,” were selected from a pool of 1,200 applicants for their potential to make significant contributions to… More

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 HNMCP Art Contest

Creative expressions of conflict resolution—whether in photography, on canvas, or through sculpture—promote and advance conflict resolution itself. HNMCP builds community around conflict resolution skills and practice, and we want our space to reflect our values. We seek to feature creative representations of conflict resolution and peacemaking throughout our space and are putting out a call for… More

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

HNMCP Project to Contribute to the Next 50 Years of the Community Relations Service

The Community Relations Service (CRS) serves as “America’s Peacemaker” for the U.S. Department of Justice, helping local communities address conflicts and tensions. CRS helps communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.… More

Thursday, March 12, 2015

12 Steps to Asking for a Raise – and Getting It

HNMCP Director Bob Bordone was recently interviewed by U.S. News & World Report for an article on negotiating a raise, including tips on knowing your worth, knowing your BATNA, creating value for you and your employer, practicing the ask, and what to do if you’re turned down. Read the full article here.  … More

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Harvard Law School Student Wins 2014 ABA Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition

Joshua M. Whitaker ’15 is the winner of the 2014 Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition with an essay entitled, “Rethinking the Relationship Between Mediator Pressure and Party Self-Determination.” The Boskey Essay Competition is a project of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Law Schools Committee, which honors the memory of James B. Boskey, humanitarian, Seton Hall University… More

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2015 HNLR Symposium on Restorative Justice — February 28

“Restorative Justice: Theory Meets Application” February 28, 2015 Harvard Law School, Austin Hall North Cambridge, Massachusetts. The goal of the Symposium is to promote an exciting discussion about the potential to leverage ADR practices and frameworks in restorative justice initiatives, and to serve as a forum for national dialogue on the theoretical basis and practical… More

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sustainability Institute Seeks Public Comment on University Goal Setting Process

via Penn State News Penn State’s upper administration and the community have looked to the University’s Sustainability Institute as a convener of conversations and engagement processes around various sustainability issues, such as the concept of zero-carbon communities and a stakeholder assessment of the recent natural gas pipeline controversy. To that end, the institute commissioned and is… More

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Creating a Storyboard to Support Learning Goals

In December, the Harvard Law School Case Studies site added a new HNMCP negotiation case to it’s repertoire—the Hesperia Seed Initiative. This latest simulation, has been years in the making, undergoing many classroom tests and iterations before publication. In this multiparty role play stakeholders negotiate the terms of an agricultural initiative regarding genetically modified seeds. Faculty author Professor Robert… More

Monday, January 5, 2015

Rethinking Negotiation Teaching

          HNMCP Director Bob Bordone and Assistant Director Rachel Viscomi have written two book reviews of interest to those in the world of alternative dispute resolution:  “Rethinking the ‘Rethinking Negotiation Teaching’ Series” for Dispute Resolution Magazine, and “The Wicked Problem of Rethinking Negotiation Teaching” for Negotiation Journal .      … More