Thursday, June 28, 2012

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 faculty member ever to win the University-wide Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. “Professor Reynolds is creative, caring, and rigorous in the classroom,” remarked Oregon Law Dean Michael Moffit ’94 on the UOSL website. “She is a model not only for her students, but for those of us who are lucky enough be her colleagues.”



Sandra Vasher ’07 wrote us this spring to let us know how her clinical experience has paid off for her.

“I am currently working as a negotiation trainer and consultant for a company called The SAB Group.  I’m traveling all over the world and working with corporate clients across a number of industries. I do very similar work to what we were doing in the clinical: I get to know a client’s needs for negotiation training, I write customized negotiation role plays for the client, and I coach and teach clients who need help negotiating. I’ve done things like coach management teams prepping for union disputes and travel to China to help negotiate a joint venture agreement.  At this point I’ve worked on deals worth millions of dollars.  I am continually impressed with the diverse applicability of negotiation skills to various problems and also with the clients that seek out a collaborative, interest-based negotiation training to facilitate the possibility of win-win agreements.  I get the most satisfaction from what I do when I hear back from a training participant who has used active listening to mediate a fierce local city board dispute or who has taken control of a high-stake business deal by setting an agenda ensuring that he or she will better understand the interests of all stakeholders before deciding on the best option to push forward.  I always feel that my work is rewarding and interesting, and I love what I do.

Of course, I owe my current position in part to my experience in the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, as well as the Harvard Mediation Program.  When I’m doing this work I feel comfortable in my own skin in a way I never felt while I was practicing at a law firm, and it’s incredible to think that the building blocks for what I do came from my clinical experiences at Harvard. I am a true supporter of the clinical program.”



Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Staff Attorney Janson Wu ’03 was named the 2012 recipient of the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award, becoming the first LGBT-identified attorney to receive the honor.  The Carliner Award recognizes “outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people.”

“I’m humbled to receive this award for doing work that I love, particularly fighting for transgender rights and marriage equality,” said Janson.  “I hope to honor David Carliner’s amazing legacy by fighting for the most disadvantaged and unpopular in our communities, because it’s the right thing to do.”