About Us

Our Work

Founded in 2006, the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program focuses on cutting edge work in dispute systems design, negotiation, mediation, and facilitation.

Our clients are U.S.-based and international and include private corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and community groups. Our students develop critical problem-solving skills, apply theory to practice, and deliver tailored conflict management solutions to our clients.

Our Services

  • Dispute Systems Design
  • Stakeholder Assessment
  • Mediation
  • Curriculum development & Delivery
  • Dispute Systems Evaluation
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Facilitated Dialogue
  • Strategic Negotiation Advice
  • Consensus Building Effort

Our Mission

  • Train Harvard Law School students in the theory and practice of negotiation and conflict management;
  • Serve clients by building their capacity for effective conflict management and successful negotiation;
  • Serve the legal profession and the dispute resolution field by producing practice-informed scholarship, creating innovative teaching pedagogy, and inspiring and building a community of problem-solving law school graduates.

The HNMCP Dispute Systems Design Clinic strives to promote equity in all facets of our work, which involves teaching dispute resolution principles to our students, producing accessible content, working with clients from a breadth of experiences and supporting the development and growth of all in our community. We do this with the understanding that each individual is unique and that our commonalities and differences make for a more valuable learning environment. We believe in learning from a diversity of perspectives, across the dimensions of race, ethnicity, and national and regional origins; sex, gender identity, and sexuality; socioeconomic status, age, physical attributes and abilities; and religious, political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices, and others. We aspire to contribute to the necessary work of dismantling oppressive systems and creating a more just and equitable world.

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Our Team

Rachel Viscomi

Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Director, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

Before coming to HNMCP, Rachel Viscomi worked as a Principal in the Corporate Education Practice of Vantage Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm that helps clients achieve business results by transforming the way they negotiate and manage their key relationships. At Vantage, Rachel worked closely with Fortune 500 clients from a wide range of industries (energy,…

Sara del Nido Budish

Sara del Nido Budish

Assistant Director, HNMCP
Senior Clinical Instructor, HNMCP & Lecturer on Law, HLS

Sara del Nido Budish is Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. In addition to supervising student teams on client projects, she teaches courses on conflict management theory and practice, and facilitates executive education courses offered by the Harvard…

Morgan Franklin

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, HNMCP

Morgan is a Clinical Instructor at HNMCP and Lecturer on Law in the Negotiation Workshop at Harvard Law School. Her interest in dispute resolution and negotiation stems from an interest in cognitive and behavioral science paired with her belief in the field’s importance in addressing societal challenges. Since her involvement with negotiation theory as a…

Deanna Pantín Parrish

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, HNMCP

Deanna Pantín Parrish is Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Prior to returning to Harvard, Ms. Parrish worked as the Principal Consultant of CMA Consulting Group, an international firm based in Melbourne, Australia that offers strategic consulting and corporate education on dispute…

Lisa Dicker

Clinical Instructor, HNMCP
Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

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;…

Neil McGaraghan

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Senior Clinical Instructor, HNMCP

Neil McGaraghan is Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Clinical Instructor at HNMCP. His Clinical Instructor role focuses on advancing HNMCP’s facilitation and political dialogue initiative. For his work representing men wrongfully imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Neil was awarded the Boston Bar Association President’s Award and the Human Rights Award from the Southern…

Jamie SaintPaul

Clinical Fellow

Jamie SaintPaul is the Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP). Prior to joining HNMCP, Jamie was a trial attorney at a national insurance company where she negotiated settlements and represented clients at various court proceedings and arbitrations. She is a trained mediator, having worked in the Connecticut courts as a housing…

Tracy Blanchard

Program Coordinator, HNMCP

Tracy has worked at HNMCP since it’s early years, coming to the law school in 2009 after eight years serving at other schools at Harvard University. Tracy is approved to mediate in the Massachusetts’ court system through the Harvard Mediation Program, where she served on the Training Corps and as Liaison in Malden District Court…

Maureen Griffin

Program Manager, Harvard Mediation Program

While temping in Dean Vorenberg’s office in 1988, a chance meeting with Prof. Charles Ogletree lay the foundation for Maureen “Mo” Griffin’s tenure at Harvard Law School (HLS). Inspired by Ogletree’s work, Mo accepted the position of Administrative Director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), the curriculum-based criminal defense and juvenile justice clinic at HLS,…

Cathy Mondell

Senior Clinical Instructor, Harvard Mediation Program

Cathy Mondell is the Clinical Instructor for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), supervising clinical students in that program. Cathy mediates cases in local courts using the facilitative co-mediation model taught by HMP, as well as through her own practice which focuses on mediation and arbitration services for complex commercial cases. Cathy is an active member of…

Ana Carolina Riella

Outreach and Case Coordinator, Harvard Mediation Program

Ana Carolina Riella is the Outreach and Case Coordinator for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP). After completing her training with HMP in 2010, Ana mediated small claims cases in the Cambridge and Malden District Courts. In 2013 she was selected for the very first HMP Training Corp, a seven-member team charged with teaching new trainees…

Michelle Jiang Long

Program Assistant, Harvard Mediation Program

Michelle joined the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) as a Program Assistant in 2022. In her role, Michelle supports district court case assignments, party feedback collection, and other special projects. Prior to joining HMP, Michelle worked at the Cambridge Women’s Center as the Co-Director of Development and Outreach. In 2020, she trained as a mediator with…

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