Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Letter from the Director

Faculty & Staff - Robert Bordone HeadshotDear Friends,

As the summer begins, I am feeling grateful for such a rich and fruitful year of conflict resolution pedagogy and practice.

Our one sadness is that the time has come to bid farewell to our dear colleague Chad Carr ’06, whose 3-year term as a Clinical Instructor comes to an end next month. Chad arrived at HNMCP at a turning point in the Clinic’s growth, and despite the struggles and joys that accompany big changes, he has remained steadfast and reliable throughout. His energy, good will, strategic thinking, fine teaching, and skilled project supervision have contributed enormously to the rapid growth and flourishing of the Clinic. Morevoer his perceptive eye and keen wit have kept us laughing all along the way. While we will miss him dearly, I am excited to see what Chad’s future brings!

At the same time I am delighted to welcome current Clinical Fellow Heather Kulp into her new role of Clinical Instructor. Heather will pick up where Chad leaves off, focusing on supervising and recruiting new clinical projects. Heather has been a tremendous asset to the Clinic over the past two years and I look forward to watching her grow in this new role. I am also pleased to announce that  Sara del Nido ’13 will be stepping into the role of Clinical Fellow. Sara will work on special projects within the Clinic and will supervise Harvard Law School student organizations that focus on alternative dispute resolution. Sara is an alumna of the Clinic and I am delighted to welcome her back!

In other news, HNMCP worked on six exciting projects this past spring. Clinical Instructor Alonzo Emery ’10 and two students recently traveled to Beijing and Nanjing in the People’s Republic of China, where they worked with Renmin University Disability Law Clinic to examine how stakeholders involved in the education of students with disabilities can better manage disputes in this area and problem-solve around specific issues related to education access.  Closer to home a student team partnered with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to conduct a stakeholder analysis and assessment and make recommendations on patient representation models in the Communication, Apology, and Resolution (CARe) approach to resolving adverse medical events . These two projects underscore the wide range of conflict management and negotiation opportunities HNMCP offers our students.

Other wonderful events this spring semester included a visit to the “Negotiation Workshop” class by Grande Lum ’91, who was appointed by President Obama as Director of the Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012. Additionally, we were excited to participate in events around the Program on Negotiation’s 2014 Great Negotiator Program. This year’s award went to Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore, and I’m particularly grateful to Ambassador Koh for agreeing to lead a brown bag lunch with students in our negotiation curriculum. In March we were very happy to sponsor and participate in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review annual symposium, “Political Dialogue and Civility in an Age of Polarization.” And finally, we’ve again expanded our social media spaces to include Twitter. Follow me @bobbordone and the Clinic @HNMCP.

Warm Regards,

Robert Bordone - Informal Signature


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