Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Director’s Letter


The 2012–13 school year has been a great one for HNMCP. We’ve been blessed with extraordinary students, challenging projects, and meaningful results. This spring, we worked with the Ministry of Economics and Finance of Peru, the Massachusetts Department of Banks, and four other clients to recommend dispute systems designs, increase individual and organizational competency to handle challenging conversations, and innovate conflict management practices to attract and retain those of the millennial generation (ages 18–30) in the workforce.  On May 29, we celebrated the accomplishments of our graduating students by hosting a commencement reception in our newly renovated and expanded offices in Pound Hall.

As we bid farewell to the Class of 2013, we also say goodbye to two HNMCP staff members, Jeremy McClane ’02 and Rory Van Loo ’07.

As Jeremy McClane completes his third year as a Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law in the Negotiation Workshop, we thank him for helping create the first-ever Clinic orientation program for our students as well as for his enormous contributions in writing new case materials for the HLS Case Studies Program and the “Multiparty Negotiation” class. Jeremy shepherded twelve clinical teams/projects during his tenure. His teaching contributions to both the Clinic and the Negotiation Workshop have been invaluable.

As the Clinic’s first Assistant Director, Rory brought innovation and organization to HNMCP.  He also worked closely with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) to better integrate the work of that program with ours, and to provide strategic consultation to HMP during curriculum assessment and the development of a new training model. He continues his studies this fall as he joins the inaugural Ph.D. in Law program at Yale Law School.

We wish Rory and Jeremy all the best as they move forward and thank them for all they contributed to HNMCP!

As we say goodbye to Rory and Jeremy, we also offer a warm welcome Alonzo Emery ’10, currently Assistant Professor at Renmin University of China Law School. Alonzo will join HNMCP this summer as its newest Lecturer on Law and Clinical Instructor. Alonzo is a two-time alumnus of HNMCP who has been teaching dispute resolution and disability law at Renmin, where he helped found the Disability Law Clinic. His experience and talents will be enormous assets to our program.

As we begin the summer, we are excited about new initiatives planned for 2013–14. I will be launching an exciting new class this fall called The Lawyer as Facilitator. Students will learn the theory and practice of facilitation, and will participate as a facilitator in both simulations and real situations during the semester. As I prepare, I welcome any resources or tips you have on teaching this topic.

Also, please mark your calendars for March 1, 2014, the date for the Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium. This year’s theme will focus on the possibility and challenge of civil dialogue and compromise in the political arena. Panels will examine how the dispute resolution field does and could contribute to political discourse in our country. Look for speakers and topics to be announced this fall.

As our recent graduation party demonstrated, HNMCP’s new space is ready to welcome students, faculty, clients, and you—alumni and friends! Please visit us on the 5th floor of Pound Hall when you are in town so we can give you a tour. Best wishes for a relaxing and safe summer.

Warm Regards,

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