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Student Spotlight: Torian Cook ’24

We are so excited to feature Torian Cook ’24 in our spring semester Student Spotlight. Torian has contributed to the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) community at Harvard Law School (HLS) throughout her time in here, holding multiple roles and leadership positions. Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program staffers Tracy Blanchard and Sara del Nido Budish…

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‘It’s important to sing, even when it rains’

First published in Harvard Law Today There were just four weeks until Harvard Law School’s commencement ceremony, and Salomé Van Bunnen LL.M. ’24 was more than 7,000 miles away—in East Africa. But far from regretting missing a few of her final days in Cambridge, Salomé was in Tanzania celebrating putting into practice a semester of…

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Finding Community with the Harvard Mediation Program

by Kate Strickland ’24 Originally published on the Harvard Law School website I started HLS in Fall 2020 which, as many will remember, meant that I was part of the class who spent our entire first year online due to the Covid pandemic. Unlike many of my peers, I found virtual law school had several…

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Unlearning Silence

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is thrilled to be able to present a conversation between Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Morgan Michelle Franklin and HNMCP alum Elaine Lin Hering, the author of the forthcoming book Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully (Penguin, March 2024). Morgan…

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Evictions can kill: how US communities are trying to break the cycle of violence

In a typical year, American landlords file 3.6m eviction cases. The process has been criticized as an “expedited, state sanctioned collection process for landlords.” Systemic injustices require systemic solutions. Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Clinical Instructor Deanna Pantin Parrish co-authored an article on how alternative dispute resolution practices can shift a system to help…

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Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic contributes to the development of novel mediation approach in Brazil

A project by Harvard Law School’s Dispute Systems Design, or DSD, Clinic is helping address a pressing justice issue in Brazil — the forced removal of vulnerable communities from occupied land. This October, students and instructors from the Dispute Systems Design Clinic travelled to Paraná, Brazil to meet their client, the Brazilian National Council of…

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The Season of Difficult Conversations?

And so begins the season of holiday parties & family gatherings. As we head into what can sometimes be challenging conversational waters at gatherings with friends and family, we’re brushing up on our “difficult conversations” skills by revisiting episode one of our podcast “Thanks for Listening: The Holiday Table.” Image by Tim Sackton CC BY-SA…

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Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program Welcomes Jamie SaintPaul as Clinical Fellow 

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is pleased to welcome Jamie SaintPaul to its staff. SaintPaul has been appointed to the role of Clinical Fellow at HNMCP, where she will work closely with students, supervising the student practice group HLS Negotiators and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. She will also assist the Director…

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HNMCP Attends AALS Dispute Resolution Works in Progress Conference

Last weekend, several faculty and staff from the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program traveled down to New Haven, CT for the annual AALS ADR Works-in-Progress Conference. The conference was co-sponsored by the Quinnipiac University School of Law’s Center for Dispute Resolution and Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Center for Public Interest Law.

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Law school clinics offers first-hand experience

Students from the Harvard Law School Dispute Systems Design Clinic will conduct an assessment of the concerns and experiences that are driving these strong emotions, what approaches people take to raising their concerns with New Hampshire Judicial Court staff, and how these encounters are currently handled by both court users and court staff.

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Spring 2023 Student Spotlight: Valerie Gutmann ’23 & Austin Riddick ’23

Valerie and Austin agreed to interview each other about their time at Harvard Law School—how they became interested in dispute resolution, why they think the field is vital to our culture and the legal system today, their passion for helping those in conflict find agency and ownership in problem-solving, the specific ways they found to…

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Clinical Fellow Position Open for Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program

TITLE: Clinical Fellow DEPARTMENT Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP)Harvard Law School SUMMARY This exempt position reports to the Assistant Director. Will work closely with HNMCP leadership and staff to support expansion of the school’s innovative program in negotiation, mediation, facilitation, and dispute systems design. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS* Will provide regular oversight, mentorship, and coaching…

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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…

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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…

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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.  

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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”…

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