Harvard Mediation Program: Experience of a lifetime

By Bertha Aniagyei LL.M. ’24 Originally published on the website for the Office of Clinical & Pro Bono Programs As a person who has worked for more than a decade in the traditional adjudicatory system and witnessed its high and low points, I was convinced that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly mediation, offered a better…

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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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Walking a fine line between facilitation and adjudication in the Harvard Mediation Program

By Manoranjitha Reddy Ani LL.M. ’24 Originally published on the website for the Office of Clinical & Pro Bono Programs The earliest memories of my childhood are tinged with the idea and practice of ‘law.’ Having witnessed the journey of two litigators (my grandfather and father) throughout my life, I had a perception that litigation…

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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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The Fight for Boston’s GLX and CLX: Stakeholder Mapping and Integrative Negotiation – Part II

by Justin Minion ’23  In Part I of this series, I have covered stakeholders battles that would likely be described as “distributive.”  For instance, the stakeholder battles between the Conservative Law Foundation and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and between the MBTA and the MassDot would likely be examined through the lens of zero-sum bargaining.  In…

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The Fight for Boston’s GLX and CLX: Stakeholder Mapping and Integrative Negotiation — Part I

By Justin Minion ’23 On a Wednesday evening in April of 2014, Jack Wright, the interim project manager for the Green Line Extension, stood on stage at a town hall meeting and faced an angry audience of residents from Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge.  Jack informed the audience that funding for the much-anticipated Community Path, which…

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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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