News Archive


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Simulating the Apocalypse

“U.S. Defense Taskforce,” a newly released negotiation simulation from the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), explores group decision-making processes in a multi-party negotiation. Lisa Dicker ’17 and Kathleen Kelly ’17 of the Harvard Law School Negotiators wrote this fast-paced simulation under the supervision of Sara del Nido Budish ‘13, HNMCP Clinical Instructor and… More

Friday, December 16, 2016

New Negotiation Case on the Mortgage Crisis Published by HNMCP

The financial crisis of the late 2000’s has just hit and more than 10 million homes have been foreclosed upon in the matter of a few years. The American public is outraged and demanding that politicians take action. Much of the blame for the crisis has fallen on banks, especially the five banks with the… More

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Join Bob Bordone for Executive Education at the Harvard Negotiation Institute

This June, 2017, join Prof. Bob Bordone and a roster of world-class faculty at the Harvard Negotiation Institute, an executive education offering from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. From structuring high-stakes deals and mediating complex disputes to resolving intractable problems and strengthening difficult relationships, the Harvard Negotiation Institute courses are the perfect choice… More

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) 10th Anniversary Symposium Explores a Dynamic Field and Growing Impact

On November 5, 2016, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) at Harvard Law School celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a public symposium that was both retrospective and prospective, addressing the clinic’s foundational focus on dispute systems design, as well as looking at the role of facilitation and political dialogue. The symposium was hosted… More

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Facilitated Conversation: HNMCP Creates a New Learning Tool on Bridging Hard Divides

In a world where genuine dialogue across deep political divides seems ever more rare, trained facilitators can help create spaces for citizens to engage in challenging conversations that promote mutual learning and build empathy. To answer the need for educational resources in this area, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) has created a new… More

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang support the Negotiation Workshop

This story first appeared on the Harvard Law School website.   Harvard Law School is pleased to announce that a $1 million gift from Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang through their family’s YangTse Foundation will expand and enhance the Law School’s signature Negotiation Workshop, an intensive course that combines theory and practice to improve… More

Monday, October 24, 2016

HLS Negotiators: Building skills and building community

. By Lisa Dicker, J.D. ’17 and Katie Kelly, J.D. ’17 HLS Negotiators has been a pivotal part of our experience at HLS. We both joined Negotiators the first semester of 1L to learn more about the field of dispute resolution, and we quickly realized that regardless of what career path we ended up following,… More

Monday, October 24, 2016

HNMCP 10th Anniversary celebration

. During the past 10 years, HNMCP has grown from a handful of students pursuing independent clinical work, to a robust program of global clinical work in dispute systems design, innovative pedagogy around teamwork, and expanded course offerings in multiparty negotiation, group decision-making, teams, and facilitation. The program has cultivated a community of students, staff, alumni,… More

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Building Capacity Without Losing Capacity: Legal Change and Dispute Resolution in Bhutan

In the spring of 2016 HNMCP engaged with the newly forming Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) to examine the practices of local, traditional dispute resolvers, and to help JSW Law think through how formal judicial institutions, which have been the subject of large-scale capacity building initiatives following Bhutan’s transition to democracy in 2008, can complement, rather than supplant, traditional… More

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Political dialogue in polarizing times: Exploring the possibilities of civil dialogue

HNMCP Director and Clinical Professor Robert Bordone and HNMCP Assistant Director and Lecturer Rachel Viscomi recently participated in a Harvard University Facebook live talk on how to have a conversation about the election and other contentious topics without alienating your family, friends and people in your social network. Bordone and Viscomi are leading a reading group this semester for… More

Friday, September 23, 2016

Debating the debates

Whether looking for some reason, any reason, to support one candidate over another, or just wanting to watch high-stakes political mud wrestling, millions of Americans will tune in Monday night to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the first of three presidential debates. In this tumultuous and divisive election cycle where even… More

Monday, September 12, 2016

HNMCP Hiring 2 New Clinical Instructors

HNMCP is looking for 2 new clinical instructors to begin on July 2, 2017. Please go to the listing on the Harvard University job posting site for more information. All applications must go through the Harvard ASPIRE system. HNMCP seeks to hire two clinical instructors, with somewhat different responsibilities. One instructor will have significant responsibility for… More

Friday, August 5, 2016

Best. Job. Ever.

This past Spring, the HLS 2016 Class Marshals hosted their annual “Last Lecture” Series, presented every year by selected Harvard Law School faculty members who are invited to impart final words of wisdom on the graduating class. The final speaker in this year’s series was Bob Bordone, Thaddeus R. Beal clinical professor of law and… More

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New reading group added for fall: “Political Dialogue in Polarizing Times: Election 2016”

We’re so excited to announce a late-add Reading Group for Fall 2016: “Political Dialogue in Polarizing Times: Election 2016”! Course description is below, as well as information about applying. Space is limited so apply today!   “With an open heart, we can learn to stand in each other’s shoes, and see through each other’s eyes.… More

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Adriel Borshansky joins HNMCP as Clinical Fellow.

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adriel Borshansky ’15 to the position Clinical Fellow. As a Clinical Fellow with HNMCP, Adriel will work on special projects within the Clinic as well as with Harvard Law School student practice organizations that focus on alternative dispute resolution. Adriel… More

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rachel Krol joins HNMCP & Sara del Nido Budish is promoted to Clinical Instructor.

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Krol ’12 to the position Clinical Instructor at HNMCP and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Rachel will serve as Lecturer on Law in the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop class. She will also serve as Clinical Instructor with… More

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mourning the Loss of a Giant in the Field

We in the alternative dispute resolution field mourn the passing of one of the founding founders of the the modern Kennedy School, Howard Raiffa, the Frank P. Ramsey Professor (Emeritus) of Managerial Economics. HNMCP Director Bob Bordone says, “I am deeply saddened to learn of Howard’s passing. Howard was a legend in the negotiation field and one… More

Friday, June 24, 2016

Interview with Bob Bordone on new White House project developing a negotiation toolkit

“It’s no secret that many of today’s young people could use a little more money in their pockets. Between student loan payments, sluggish wages and historically high rent costs, 20-somethings are often struggling to make ends meet. [HNMCP] is working with the White House to develop a suite of tools to help students, particularly those at… More

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Clinic Project with the White House, Dept of Education and Dept of Labor

Today, at the first-ever United State of Women Summit, the Obama administration, private-sector companies, foundations and organizations announced $50 million in commitments, along with new policies, tools and partnerships that will continue to expand opportunity for women and girls. These announcements include a pledge by more than two dozen leading companies to take actions to… More

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Meeting at Cops’ Corner

In just one decade, Everett, Massachusetts, once a predominantly white city, has become the most racially and ethnically diverse in the commonwealth. Building communication between police officers and local youth is a priority for Chief of the Everett Police Department Steven A. Mazzie, who is white, as are 86 percent of his officers. Last fall… More

Monday, May 9, 2016

Moving Pictures

Last year, Sam Koplewicz ’16 found himself hard at work on a clinical project for HNMCP with The Community Relations Service (CRS), which serves as “America’s Peacemaker” for the U.S. Department of Justice. The CRS helps local communities address conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Just before his project… More

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Promise of Peace: HLS Negotiation Workshop Hosts Ambassador Wendy Sherman

When Wendy Sherman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, was in the midst of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, she often felt that her team was playing “several games of multidimensional chess at the same time.” On April 20, 2016, Ambassador Sherman delivered a guest lecture to the Harvard Law School Negotiation Workshop. … More

Friday, April 22, 2016

Last Lecture 2016

Prof. Bob Bordone gave one of this year’s Last Lectures. Four professors are chosen each year to impart final words of wisdom to the graduating class. Prof. Bordone spoke about the “Best. Job. Ever.” His own.  … More

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

U.S. v. Teller: a New Plea Bargaining Role Play from HNMCP

United States v. Teller, a newly released negotiation role play case by Sam W. Straus and Robert C. Bordone of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), explores the challenges of negotiating plea bargains in the face of intense principal-agent tensions that pose ethical challenges. The case involves domestic terrorism and hate crime charges. … More

Friday, February 12, 2016

Love in the Crosshairs

On February 11, The Harvard Law School Negotiators, a student practice organization, hosted the panel “Negotiating Love: Interpersonal Negotiation and Romantic Relationships,” in order to “to spread the word that effective techniques in interpersonal negotiation apply not only to the vagaries of international trade agreements and mergers and acquisitions but also to people’s everyday lives and… More

Monday, January 11, 2016

Formation of the HLS NOW Facilitation Corp

Dear Negotiation Student, Events of the past year at Harvard Law School, within the nation, and around the globe raise questions of law, identity, connection, belonging, alienation, and difference. Our thoughts and feelings related to these events shape how we come together (or divide) as community, nation, and world. HLS community members often desire organized,… More