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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

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Corey Linehan

Corey Linehan is a two-time Dispute Systems Design Clinic alumnus who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2018.   Nowadays, Corey is a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Christopher A. Coons, where his work focuses on health and education policy, as well as an adjunct professor in the Master of Leadership & Negotiation… More

Monday, October 5, 2020

Student Spotlight: Obianuju Enworom

Obianuju Enworom is a New Jersey native and a 3L at Harvard Law School (HLS). Before coming to HLS, she received a B.A. in Economics & Political Science from Columbia University. Outside of school she is the Associate Editor of Rouge 18, a beauty blog. Though we are missing Obianuju’s presence on campus this fall… More

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Three Ways of Looking at Dispute Resolution

Former HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law Andrew Mamo ’14 has published “Ways of Looking at Dispute Resolution” in the Wake Forest Law Review.… More

Thursday, September 10, 2020

HNMCP Welcomes Oladeji Tiamiyu to the Staff

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to welcome Oladeji Tiamiyu to its staff.… More

Monday, August 31, 2020

Morgan Franklin promoted to Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the promotion of Morgan Franklin. Franklin serves as a Lecturer on Law in the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop and as a Clinical Instructor with HNMCP, where her main work will focus on supervising current and recruiting new clinical projects. Morgan most recently served as the Clinical Fellow at HNMCP.… More

Monday, August 24, 2020

Lisa Dicker ʼ17 joins the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Dicker ʼ17 to its staff. Lisa will serve as a Clinical Instructor with HNMCP, where her main work will focus on supervising current and recruiting new clinical projects. Lisa herself was a clinic student in HNMCP during her time… More

Monday, June 29, 2020

On the Road – HNMCP Faculty in 2020

Sara del Nido Budish participated as a panelist on the “Leading Negotiations” panel of the 29th annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference, hosted by the Women’s Student Association at Harvard Business School on February 22, 2020.  Sara and three additional panelists discussed challenges to effectively negotiating at work, shared personal stories of negotiations both in and outside of the office, and offered strategies to… More