From the archive

Volume VII - Issue I

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Director’s Letter

Fall 2013 marked the beginning of the ’s (HNMCP) seventh year and the first in our newly renovated space on the fifth floor of Pound Hall. … More

Fall 2013 Projects

Better Future Project The Better Future Project’s “Divest for Our Future” campaign aims to persuade college and university presidents and boards to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest from direct or indirect ownership of fossil fuel stocks and bonds within five years. This fall HNMCP students assessed the challenges of… More

Student Spotlight: Daniel Holman ’14

by Daniel Holman ’14 My interest in the Negotiation Workshop and Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) began before I even enrolled in law school, when Professor Bordone led a negotiation exercise during Admitted Students Weekend. Speaking with students from the Harvard Negotiation Law Review afterward, I was struck by how the negotiation curriculum had… More

Alumnus Spotlight: Shahmuddin (Saadi) Siddiky LLM ’12

From negotiating motor insurance claims in London and mediating civil cases in Boston, to reviewing legislative frameworks in West Africa, Shahmuddin (Saadi) Siddiky’s experience in alternative dispute resolution spans four continents. Now, as a founder of the Africa Mediation Program, he is using the tools he acquired at Harvard Law School to solve critical problems… More

Rachel Viscomi ’01 Joins the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Viscomi ’01 as its new Assistant Director. In addition to helping expand the scope and vision of HNMCP, Rachel will also serve as Clinical Instructor, supervising current and recruiting new clinical projects. “I am just delighted that we have… More

Handling Conflict Better So the Focus Can Be on Mission is HNMCP’s Mission

By Murray Kampf, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) to assess its current dispute resolution systems and identify opportunities for improvement.  Dispute systems assessment and design are the core of HNMCP pedagogy, and this project… More

HNMCP Hosts Harvard Community Dialogues

When a national crisis strikes, we look to experts to tell us what should happen next. However, sometimes this impulse disallows us from engaging in meaningful dialogue with one another about issues that directly impact us. President Barack Obama’s comments regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria—and his response to those weapons—prompted a tense… More

Harvard Law Sends Two Teams at the Regional ABA Negotiation Competition

By Davida Shiff ’15 Two teams represented Harvard Law School at the Region 1 ABA Negotiation Competition on November 9, 2013. Natalie Jay ’15 individually and Paul Lee ’15 and Toni Tsvetanova ’15 as a team each competed in two negotiation rounds. The day-long competition took place at New England Law and featured schools from… More

Harvard Law School Student Wins 2013 ABA Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition

Sarah Gonski ’15 is the winner of the 2013 Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay Competition with an essay entitled, “Easing Gridlock in the United States Congress Through Mediation: Letting Our Cities and States Teach Us Lessons On Getting Along” The Boskey Essay Competition is a project of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution’s Law Schools Committee,… More

60th Annual Williston Competition Winners

By Alexis Beveridge’15 Winners of Harvard Law School’s 60th Annual Williston Competition, Harvard’s annual contract negotiation and drafting competition for first-year law students, are: Best Overall Contract: Sasha Pippenger ’14, Elizabeth Nehrling ’15, Sarah Paige ’15,  and Jennifer Garnett ’15 Best Representation of Airlines: Natalie Rad ’15 and Tara Norris ’15 Best Representation of Flight… More


  There have been exciting publications from HNMCP and HLS faculty, staff and students this year!   The foreclosure crisis has affected thousands of families, businesses, and neighborhoods. In the November/December issue of Probate & Property, HNMCP Clinical Fellow Heather Kulp examined the effectiveness of foreclosure dispute resolution programs and their ability to help remedy the crisis in “Foreclosure… More

HNMCP Case Studies Website Shapes Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Negotiation Workshop

With one hundred participants representing over twenty countries, the summer Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Negotiation Workshop offered five days of instruction to expand participants’ negotiation toolboxes. To facilitate skill development, HNMCP Director Bob Bordone relied on the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program’s Case Studies website. Participants—from government officials to judges to real estate agents—learned about managing competitive bargaining and other difficult behaviors by… More

Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes Book Talk and Discussion

On September 26, 2013, Harvard Law School hosted a book talk and discussion of Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes, co-authored by HNMCP Director Bob Bordone with Nancy Rogers, Frank Sander, and Craig McEwen. Bob and Nancy Rogers, the Michael E. Moritz Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Ohio State University College of Law, were interviewed by Kenneth Feinberg, Administrator… More

On the Road

In October 2013, Clinical Fellow Heather Kulp was a keynote speaker at the Utah State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section’s ADR Academy. She addressed how to manage challenging behaviors in negotiation and how to prepare a client to participate in a negotiation or mediation.     How do you break a deadlock? In the second… More

Class Notes

Lizzie Grosso ’12 writes, “I am accepting a clerkship offer from Judge Patty Shwartz on the 3rd Circuit (Newark, NJ). She was very interested to hear about the material in the Negotiation Workshop, particularly about “difficult conversations.” She reflected that as a magistrate judge she often felt that she was the only one really paying… More