Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Letter from the Director

Prof. Bob Bordone giving an HLS Last Lecture to the graduating class of 2016.

Prof. Bob Bordone giving an HLS Last Lecture to the graduating class of 2016.

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe, but we are turning 10 this year! All of us at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) are incredibly excited and proud to be celebrating this landmark anniversary! We have grown enormously during the past decade, expanding our work from dispute systems design and conflict assessment work to the increasingly-needed work of facilitation and political dialogue in the past few years.

We are celebrating our anniversary in a variety of ways, but three are worth mentioning here:

First, as part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, we’re hosting a conference on November 5, 2016. We’re pleased to welcome, students, scholars, and practitioners to campus  to help us celebrate the work we’ve done so far and the work that lays ahead (read more about the event here). All events are free and open to the public. For food planning purposes, please let us know you’re coming by registering for this event.

Secondly, we are pleased to announce a $1 million gift to Harvard’s Negotiation Workshop teaching program from Ada Tse ’91 and James Yang. Thanks to this incredibly generous gift, we will be able to expand capacity for more students to take the introductory Negotiation Workshop and thereby be eligible for the advanced clinical and course-work in ADR offered through the Law School.

Finally, with the generous Tse-Yang gift, HNMCP will grow again in 2017. We are currently recruiting actively two Clinical Instructor positions—one who will support and advance our clinical activities and a second who will work with me to advance our latest initiative on facilitation and political dialogue. For more information, you can see those position listings at the Harvard ASPIRE site.

Since our last newsletter, we have added three new colleagues to the program and have celebrated the promotion of another. First, we are excited to welcome back HNMCP alumna Rachel Krol ’12 as a new Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law. In addition, we welcome former Negotiation Workshop and Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) alumnus Adriel Borshansky HDS’15, as our new Clinical Fellow. We also welcome current HMP member Christina Haines as our new part-time program assistant.  Finally, we are pleased to share that Sara Budish ’13, who has been at HNMCP since 2014, has been promoted to Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law. We send best wishes to Alonzo Emery ‘10, who finished his term with HNMCP this summer and has begun his tenure as Associate Director at HLS’ East Asian Legal Studies Program.

We’ve spent the last few years trying to take advantage of new technologies to enhance our teaching and outreach. We’ve ventured into several new technologies in the last few months in addition to our Twitter feed and occasional blog posts. Earlier this fall HNMCP Assistant Director Rachel Viscomi ’01 and I were part of Harvard University’s pioneering efforts in Facebook Live conversations. We spoke about political dialogue in this election season. When we were done, Harvard’s Communications Team told us nearly 28,000 people had watched us live and as of this writing we have nearly 119,000 views. This past spring Sara Budish and clinic student Deanna Parrish ‘16 baptized us in the world of podcasting with The Listening Room. We hope to be able to produce new episodes in the near future. Finally, this summer and early fall we have been working on a video related to facilitating challenging dialogue that will ultimately be made available for download and streaming through the Harvard Law School Case Studies website.

In this installment of our newsletter, we also offer our regular spotlight features. Recent clinical student Lisa Dicker  ’17 discusses some of the work she has done through HNMCP during her time at HLS. Clinic client Patrick Maxwell from the Mennonite Central Committee shares how HNMCP supported his work in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo with outreach providers to armed militia groups there.

We are also delighted to announce that YNMCP, our newest simulation—a multi-session semester-long simulation—is now available for purchase through Harvard Law School Case Studies.

Our On the Road feature notes what HNMCP staff have been up to outside our regular teaching and clinic commitments, and we have news from alums in our Class Notes section.

Thanks for all the ways you have been a part of the HNMCP world during these past 10 years. As we start our second decade, we look forward to staying in touch with you and partnering in the ways we can to improve how institutions, communities, persons, and nations manage conflict.

Warm Regards,

Robert Bordone - Informal Signature

Robert C. Bordone ’97
Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor
Director, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program