Friday, April 21, 2017

Newsletter X, Issue I: A Letter from the Director

Prof. Bob Bordone giving an HLS Last Lecture to the graduating class of 2016.

Prof. Bob Bordone giving an HLS Last Lecture to the graduating class of 2016.

Dear Friends,

As our 10th anniversary year winds down, it seems to me that the work we do in and around the more effective handling of conflict is needed more than ever in our country and in our world. HNMCP is re-doubling its efforts to build theory from practice, to train students to be creative problem-solvers, and to make a positive difference for our clients in the world.

We had a terrific time celebrating our anniversary this fall, welcoming past and current students, scholars, and practitioners to our symposium for panels, an artistic performance, and a dinner at which we premiered our Living History Video.

In the fall of 2016 we ran six clinical projects. Through these projects our students were able to: strategize with two very different Ombud’s offices to help them improve their internal dispute resolution services; work with a local housing co-operative on communications and decision-making skills around large communal projects; develop a curriculum on negotiation in a legislative context for an institute whose mission is to educate the public about the role of the Senate in our government; support a government agency to improve stakeholder inclusion among collaborative groups with whom they work; and build an online toolkit for community college students and graduates to improve their salary negotiation skills.

This past winter, our colleague Heather Kulp, who has served HNMCP both as a Fellow and as a Clinical Instructor, accepted a position as the Coordinator for Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Office of Mediation and Arbitration in the State of New Hampshire’s Judicial Branch. We already miss Heather and are so grateful for her meaningful contributions to HNMCP. This fall we were pleased to expand our administrative staff, welcoming Christina Haines on a part-time basis. In addition, April Pettit, our Negotiation Workshop Coordinator was promoted to become the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs. We wish her all the best in her new role. In February we welcomed John Rzasa as the new Workshop Coordinator. He joins us from HLS Events Office, where he has worked for the past two years.

In this installment of our newsletter, we offer our regular spotlight features. Patricia Alejandro ’17  discusses her passion for dispute resolution, as a two-time HNMCP student as well as through various ADR student groups. HNMCP alum Toby Berkman ’10 shares how HNMCP continues to support his work at the Consensus Building Institute. Our On the Road feature highlights what HNMCP staff have been up to outside of the classroom. We have news on several new cases we’ve published in the Publications section and as always we round up this issue with news from our alums in Class Notes.

We love to hear updates—personal and professional—from our alums and our clients, so please keep in touch and we’ll see you again in September.

Warm Regards,
Robert C. Bordone ’97

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