Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Note from the Big Leagues: HLS Students Present Negotiation Advice to Major League Baseball on how to Change the Landscape of the Game

By Chris Davis ’14

[l to r] Jonathan Bennett ’12, Alexis Beveridge ’13, Tarik Elhussein ’13, Chris Davis ’14, Jae In Kim ’13, and Rory Van Loo ’07.

This year, Harvard Law School Clinical Professor Robert Bordone ‘97, director of the HNMCP, developed a capstone consulting project with Major League Baseball (MLB) for his course “Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams,” co-taught with Lecturer on Law Rory Van Loo ’07. MLB tasked the class with providing strategic advice for an upcoming negotiation aimed at the implementation of an international amateur draft. Six teams of Harvard Law School students participated in the semester-long project, competing for the opportunity to present their findings to the MLB.

The winning team, which consisted of Jonathan Bennett ’12, Alexis Beveridge ’13, Tarik Elhussein ’13, Chris Davis ’14, and Jae In Kim ’13, travelled to New York City to deliver their presentation to Major League Baseball executives, including Robert Manfred ’83, executive vice president of economics and league affairs (one of five executives reporting directly to Commissioner Bud Selig).

Read Davis’ story about the experience, “Notes from the Big Leagues”, on the HLS News site.