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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Student Spotlight Spring 2022: Chinyere Amanze

Our Spring 2022 Student Spotlight is Chinyere Amanze ’22. During her time at Harvard Law School, Chinyere immersed herself in the work of alternative dispute resolution and conflict management, through the “Negotiation Workshop,” the “Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiations, Group Decision-Making, and Teams” workshop, and the “Dispute Systems Design for Justice” seminar. Additionally, she was the… More

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

ADR & Racial Equity Hackathon

Friday, June 24, 2022 – 10am EST *Virtual* Join us for a day-long, team-based sprint to build solutions to address power imbalances and racial inequity in alternative dispute resolution! Register here   More information: What is a hackathon? A hackathon brings people together to work in teams to build innovative solutions to concrete problems over… More

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Designing Solutions to the Eviction Crisis: Best Practices

This fall, HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Deanna Pantín Parrish was an invited speaker at the Quinnipiac-Yale Dispute Resolution Workshop. This event has just been posted to Vimeo and we’re pleased to share it here.  … More

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Mt. Washington Commission embraces Harvard report

Proud to share this story about a fall clinic project, with permission from The Berlin Sun and author Edith Tucker. We get pretty fired up helping our clients find new ways through disputes and are grateful for the work the Mt. Washington Commission is doing in New Hampshire!   “Mt. Washington Commission embraces Harvard report”… More

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Rethinking Systems Design for Racial Justice

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, in partnership with the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, The Ohio State University’s Divided Community Project, and Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, is pleased to invite you to join an interactive symposium series titled “Rethinking Systems Design for Racial Justice & Equity.” This three part-series will take place across the spring semester and across the country.… More

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

HNMCP publishes a second guide in the “From the Field” series

HNMCP is excited to launch the second publication in our “From the Field” guide series: “From the Field: A Restorative Justice Guide.”   The Restorative Justice Guide, written by Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Deanna Pantín Parrish, brings together learnings and insights that have emerged from our projects in the Dispute Systems Design Clinic, as well… More

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

HNMCP Launching “From the Field” Guides Based on Learnings Over 15 Years of Dispute Resolution Projects

We are thrilled to launch “From the Field,” a new set of freely accessible, public guides. This guide series seeks to bring together learnings and insights from HNMCP’s clinical projects since its founding in 2006. The content of each of these guides reflects themes that have recurred across projects in a particular arena of dispute… More

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Rachel Viscomi named clinical professor of law

Initially published at Harvard Law Today Rachel A. Viscomi ’01 has been appointed clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School. Viscomi, who was appointed director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) in 2018, was most recently an assistant clinical professor of law. “Rachel Viscomi adds to Harvard Law School extensive knowledge and a wealth… More

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

HNMCP and the American Bar Association Jointly Release Report on Best Practices for Eviction Diversion: “Designing for Housing Stability”

A major new report jointly released today by the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program and the American Bar Association identifies a list of key considerations for designing court-based and court-adjacent eviction prevention and/or diversion programs. The report, Designing for Housing Stability: Best Practices for Court-Based and Court-Adjacent Eviction Prevention and/or Diversion Programs, was written… More

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

HNMCP Launches New Scholarship Page

The HNMCP website now includes a new Scholarship page, which serves as a gateway to some of the critical thinking our faculty, staff, and students have been contributing to the field of conflict engagement and dispute resolution over the past fifteen years. The Scholarship page compiles a freely-accessible selection of articles published by our instructors… More

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Client Spotlight – Jane Juliano and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel

Over the past 15 years, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) has worked with over a hundred client organizations. Within this group, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) stands out as one of our longest continuous partnerships, with half a dozen projects spanning from spring 2012 through spring 2020.* In this client… More

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Year of Pandemic Mediation—Online Lessons Learned at the Harvard Mediation Program

By Peter Daniels ʼ21    As the world has adjusted to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) has changed along with it. Boston-area courts have shifted to remote hearings for many case types, pushing mediation to be remote as well. HMP has been in the fortunate position to help lead… More

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Adapting to the Virtual World: Teaching Negotiation to High School Students Online 

By Kate Strickland ’23, Colin Mark ’22, Lorea Mendiguren ’23, and Anselmo Cassiano    In a year that forced the world online, a team from the student practice organization Harvard Law School Negotiators worked throughout the year to transform an existing project to teach high school students the principles of negotiation and active listening into a virtual learning format.    For multiple years, the HLS Negotiators has had a recurring relationship… More

Monday, May 24, 2021

Student Spotlight: Patrick Maxwell ʼ21 

Patrick Maxwell is a dual-degree candidate for his JD at Harvard Law School and his MA in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. We first met Patrick as a client in the spring of 2016 when we did a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the Mennonite Central Committee. Two-and-a-half years later, we welcomed Patrick as… More

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Dispute Systems Design Info Session for HLS Students

This information session brought together current Dispute Systems Design Clinic students—to talk about the skills they’ve harvested from working with real-world clients through the clinic—as well as alums, who reflect on how their clinic experience helped them discern and inform their professional path and work in the world. This info session was held for Harvard… More

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Releases Report on a New Safety Response System for the City of Boston

The Boston Police Department routinely responds to calls for service involving mental health, homelessness, substance use, traffic incidents, and nonviolent neighborhood or domestic disputes. In the face of nationwide racial disparities in public safety practices, many have advocated for the ability to seek help in addressing these issues without relying entirely on the police. In June… More

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Book Review: America’s Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights

Clinical Instructor Deanna Parrish ’16 reviews America’s Peacemakers: The Community Relations Service and Civil Rights by Bertram Levine and Grande Lum, calling it both “personal—and tragically relevant.” “. . . . CRS works behind the scenes to provide free, impartial, and confidential conciliation and mediation services to communities, with the intention of “keeping the peace”… More

Monday, February 8, 2021

Introducing our New Blog Contributors

We are excited to introduce two student writers who will be contributing recurring columns to our blog this spring. Zekariah McNeal ʼ21 and Patrick Maxwell ʼ21 are former students in the Dispute Systems Design Clinic (and Patrick is currently enrolled again for an Advanced Clinical). In their posts, Zekariah  will discuss negotiation, restorative justice, and other dispute resolution processes, particularly focusing on the role of identity; and… More

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

HLS Alternative Dispute Resolution Career Panel: Fall 2020

On Thursday, November 5, the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP), and the HLS Negotiators co-sponsored a panel discussion and networking event for HLS students interested in careers in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, restorative justice, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.… More

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Harvard Mediation Program Rises to the Moment 

By Ethan Lowens and Cathy Mondell    The Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) rose to a new challenge this fall: with Harvard Law School classes meeting virtually and no students on campus, HMP was faced with the question of how to make student mediators available from their homes across the globe to the Boston-area court systems HMP has been working with for decades. And, because access to those courthouses was… More