Friday, January 14, 2011

Newsletter: Volume IV – Issue I



Dear HNMCP Friend,

Welcome to the sixth issue of the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) Newsletter.

As many of you know, HNMCP has grown tremendously in its first four years. Though we are extremely pleased by the clinic’s success, it has placed extraordinary strain on the staff to keep pace with the workload. I am therefore delighted to report the creation of the new position of Assistant Director for HNMCP. The addition of an Assistant Director is a critical first step not only to

ward providing additional staff resources but also to sustain the momentum for the clinic’s continued growth and success. The Assistant Director will also teach a course in mediation, as well as help enrich the ties between Harvard Law School’s mediation community and HNMCP. We will keep you apprised of our search for a new Assistant Director as it proceeds.

In this newsletter we report on some of the exciting projects on which our students have been working this semester in the public, private, domestic, and international sectors. We also profile two of our current clinical students, Jennifer Kan, ’11 and Greg LeSaint, ’11. In our Alumna Spotlight we interview Jennifer Reynolds, ‘07, about her experience with HNMCP and the ways in which the skills and theory she learned in the clinic have benefited her career as a law professor at the University of Oregon Law School. In our client feature we speak with Michael Chernoff, Director of Baseball Operations at the Cleveland Indians Baseball Company, L.P., whom we assisted last year in the development of an online negotiation tool for negotiating player salaries.

In addition to clinical and classroom teaching and supervision, we remain engaged with the world of scholarship and practice outside the confines of our clinic. Stephan traveled to Los Angeles to speak on two panels at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention about a recent Supreme Court decision that might uphold criminalizing the provision of conflict resolution training to members of groups that appear on a list of the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations. In July, Jeremy and I traveled to Washington, D.C. to present a negotiation workshop to high-level officials from a number of federal agencies, Congress and the White House. And in October I presented to the Harvard Law School faculty workshop some of what I’ve learned about teaching and teaching pedagogy through my work in the clinic and the Negotiation Workshop.

This is the time of year that reminds us that we are all called to be peacemakers and conflict resolvers. I wish you peace and joy this holiday season and in the year ahead. As always, we enjoy hearing updates on what you’ve been up to and we welcome your feedback on our work.

Happy Holidays!