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Volume V - Issue II

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HNMCP Summer Newsletter: Vol V, Issue II Director’s Letter

Dear friends of HNMCP, It’s been a busy spring semester here in Cambridge. Following the launch of our own new website in March, we also joined forces with the Harvard Law School Case Studies initiative in an effort to make available to a larger audience the new cases, exercises, and videos that we have been… More

Spring 2012 Projects

  We really enjoyed the diversity of our projects this spring, which called on a variety of skills such as curriculum development, stakeholder and systems assessment, and facilitated dialogue. HNMCP students assisted with the difficult conversations around health care for a religious institution and the struggles of lawyers and NGOs in China working in disability… More

Student Spotlight: Leah Kang ’12

HNMCP: Given the range of clinic options available at Harvard Law School, why did you choose the Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) and what hopes do you have around alternative dispute resolution as a process as a result of your project? Leah Kang: Before law school I taught fifth grade in a public school… More

Negotiating Disability Law in China

  Of the many issues on the forefront of the development of civil rights in the People’s Republic of China today, the advancement of the rights of disabled persons offers great promise as well as many challenges. This past May, when most 3L’s were busy celebrating the end of their three-year law school odyssey, graduating… More

Client Spotlight: Debby Gelber & the Cornerstone Village Cohousing

  HNMCP: I remember when you called the clinic last spring. How did you hear about us? Debby Gelber: I had been in a community meeting, expressing my frustration that even though the community wanted to work on conflict resolution, there didn’t seem to the skills or time in the group to make it happen. One… More

It’s Almost Never a Nail: Expanding the Lawyer’s Toolbox

  This April, HNMCP Director Bob Bordone ’97, co-led a panel at his 15th Reunion with Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor Jeremy McClane ’02 (10th Reunion) titled “It’s Almost Never a Nail: Expanding the Lawyer’s Toolbox.” Also participating were recent clinic students Ryan Blodgett ’12, Elizabeth Grosso ’13, Leah Kang ’12, Jeffrey Monhait ’12,… More

Alumna Spotlight: Rachel Viscomi ’01

  HNMCP: How did you engage with alternative dispute resolution during your years at Harvard Law School? Rachel Viscomi: I served as a teaching assistant for the Negotiation workshop three times and for the Program of Instruction for Lawyers (PIL—now the Harvard Negotiation Institute). I was also a member of the Harvard Mediation Program and helped… More

Talking Global Dispute Resolution at the United Nations

  In May three clinic students Daniel Doktori ’13, Eugene Karlik ’13, and Leila Perkins ’13 traveled to New York with Lecturer and HNMCP Assistant Director Rory Van Loo ’07 to present their recommendations for resolution of cross-border e-commerce disputes to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  The presentation marked the culmination… More

HNMCP Role Plays On HLS Case Studies Website

  Case studies are a valuable tool for experiential, participant-centered learning. Role plays and case studies bring real life situations to classroom settings, helping students prepare for their professional careers and helping experienced professionals refine their skill sets. The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is leading the way in teaching students practical skills to… More

Negotiation in the News

  This year the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program launched a new lunchtime conversation series about current events and negotiation practices facilitated by its faculty. Each session broke open a particular news story and then asked how scholars and practitioners of negotiation and mediation might view the events and how we might be able… More

Ports Foreign and Domestic

  Four of the six project teams this spring semester presented their final reports to their clients in person. Team Episcopal presented to the Bishop and priests of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts at their annual retreat on Cape Cod. They shared recommendations for leading facilitated dialogues throughout the parish around health insurance concerns for… More

2012 Fisher-Sander Prize Winner

  Congratulations to Grant Strother ’12, who at Commencement this May was awarded the 2012 Fisher-Sander Prize for his paper titled “Resolving Cultural Property Disputes in the Shadow of the Law”. Grant is now working for Davis Polk and Wardwell in California. He served as a TA for the Spring Negotiation Workshop and as co-chair… More

59th Annual Williston Negotiation & Contracts Competition Winners

  The winners of Harvard Law School’s 59th annual Williston Competition, Harvard’s annual contract negotiation and drafting competition for first-year law students, were announced on April 19. Best Overall Contract : Aseem Padukone ‘14, Stella Unruh ‘14, Andrew Sullivan ‘14 and Patrick Brown ‘14 Best Representation of Hanford School of Law : Nikolas Bowie ‘14 and Addar Weintraub… More

Harvard Negotiation Law Review 2012 Symposium

  On Saturday, February 25, 2012, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review held its annual symposium. This year’s symposium focused on the question, “Does ADR Work?: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Alternative Dispute Resolution.” The keynote speaker was Carrie Menkel-Meadow, A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure at the Georgetown University Law Center and… More

Harvard Mediation Program

  By Amanda Frye ’13 HMP continued to build community and momentum this spring through training, social events, ongoing review of our curriculum, and a transition in leadership. Twenty-four new mediators joined the program in the spring semester. Revamped “Coach the Coaches” and “Train the Trainers” sessions emerged out of the Curriculum Review Committee (CRC),… More

HNMCP at the Harvard Negotiation Institute

During the first two weeks of June, the Program on Negotiation hosted the Harvard Negotiation Institute (HNI) on campus. HNI provides mediation and negotiation workshops for participants from a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.  Several of this year’s workshops were led by HNMCP faculty, students, and alumni. On June 4-8, Professor Bordone led a… More

Expanding on Role-play with Interactive Technologies

  An excerpt from the upcoming book Teaching, Learning and Technology at Harvard Law School. By Kimberley Hall Clinical Professor Robert Bordone combines role-play with interactive technologies to record, assess and reflect on key steps in the student negotiation process. In the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop, Bordone uses interactive technologies to capture student results in… More

Class Notes

Jennifer Reynolds ’07 has been twice honored this year at the University of Oregon School of Law (UOSL). Earlier this spring Reynolds, Associate Director of the Appropriate Dispute Resolution Center, was chosen to receive the 2012 Orlando J. Hollis Teaching Award, the school’s highest teaching honor. Then, this May, Reynolds became only the eighth UOSL… More