Monday, September 14, 2015

Letter from the Director

Faculty & Staff - Prof. Robert Bordone Headshot -smallFriends, after a semester-long sabbatical in New York City this spring, I have now returned to Cambridge with a renewed sense of energy for the year to come.

While it was difficult to be away from the dynamic program we have built together over the last eight years, I was grateful for the chance to step back and reflect from a different vantage point—something that we at HNMCP always suggest as a helpful practice.  I am grateful to HNMCP Assistant Director Rachel Viscomi ’01 for her able stewardship of the clinic in my absence and to HLS Lecturer on Law Florrie Darwin ’84 for her leadership of the Spring Negotiation Workshop while I was away.

Six clinical projects this spring allowed us to continue our systems design work in corporate and governmental settings and expand our work on facilitation and bringing conflict management skills to local communities in the Boston area.  In addition, Rachel Viscomi, Prill Ellis, Mo Griffin and two students from the Harvard Mediation Program, Sam Cortina ’15 and John Miller’15, led a panel discussion at the ABA Section on Dispute Resolution this spring on their work mediating conflicts that arise over Harassment Prevention Orders in the Boston area.

There are many exciting developments in the world of negotiation and mediation at Harvard Law School for the upcoming school year.

First, Harvard Law School is delighted  to welcome Amy Cohen ’02 of Ohio State University as a Visiting Professor of Law. She will be teaching an additional section of Mediation, the Negotiation Workshop, and Law, Development, and Global Food Policy.  Amy is a longtime friend of HNMCP and we’re so happy to have her here this year. I’m also delighted that David Hoffman who continues to teach his outstanding mediation class here is adding a new Legal Profession offering on Collaborative Law.  Amy and David’s classes add to the already robust set of academic and clinical offerings in negotiation, mediation, and systems design at HLS.

Rachel Viscomi & I will be offering Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams together f and we are excited to be working on a multiparty negotiation project with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and her staff throughout the semester.

And, of course, we will have the usual activity of our clinic, HMP, HNLR, and Harvard Negotiators throughout the fall.

Finally, thanks to support from Dean Minow, HNMCP is growing its team effective August 31. I’m delighted to welcome Samuel Straus ’15 as an Associate to the HNMCP. Sam was a stellar member of our community throughout his time in law school, serving as a Teaching Assistant in the Negotiation Workshop and in the summer Harvard Negotiation Institute, as well as a student in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. Sam will be working with me on a number of new initiatives related to facilitation and political dialogue in the year ahead.

In this issue of our newsletter are our regular spotlight features: recent clinical student Ariel Eckblad ’16—whose clinical project with Seeds of Peace focused on creating and delivering a conflict resolution skills training to youth leaders in rapidly evolving racial and ethnic groups in Maine and Syracuse, NY—and clinic client Fr. Rich Erikson—who called on HNMCP to address civil discourse in his home community of Sudbury, MA. Our On the Road feature notes what HNMCP staff have been up to outside our regular teaching and clinic commitments, our Publications sections notes some new pedagogy from our team, and we have plenty of news from alums in our Class Notes section.

We are excited to hear updates—personal and professional—from our alums and our clients. So please keep in touch.

Warm Regards,

Robert Bordone - Informal Signature



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