Thursday, November 8, 2018

Publications & Presentations


At the beginning of October, the HNMCP team and some of our students, facilitated a campus-wide conversation “Making Sense of the Kavanaugh Confirmation Process”. This, in addition to a separate group dialogue process we offered a week earlier, was a chance for students, staff, and faculty to engage in small group facilitated dialogue with voices on all sides of the issues.


Harvard Mediation Program Outreach Coordinator Ana Carolina Riella presented as part of the New Developments in Alternative Dispute Resolution panel, alongside professor André Ramos Tavares.



HNMCP Director Rachel Viscomi ’01 participated in The Harvard Law Brazilian Studies Association 2018 Legal Symposium, “The Law in the 21st Century”Woman Smiling last April. She was a speaker on the ”Transnational Conflicts” panel with Paolo Nasser, moderated by Luis Felipe de Sousa e Silva.

Just before the fall semester began in Cambridge, Rachel traveled to Israel to work with a number of NGOs. Rachel spent three days at the Hermon Field School as part of the Pathways Negotiation Summer Institute, helping Jewish and Arab English language educators learn to engage difficult conversations more effectively and enabling them to bring these skills to their classrooms. With the support of the US Embassy, Pathways works with students, educators, and organizers to explore constructive approaches to problem solving and interest-based negotiation, empowering participants to negotiate their daily issues, resolve conflict, and become positive role models in their schools, organizations, and communities.

Following her work with Pathways, Rachel taught a workshop on dispute systems design for mediators and academic professionals from the International Conflict Management Program of Haifa University and Haifa’s Mediation and Dialogue Center, Bet HaGeffen. The following day, Rachel spoke on the “Challenges and Complexities of Multiparty Negotiation” to a group of twenty professional mediators, which was co-organized with Gevim Mediation and Negotiations, a consultancy that works in the field. On her last day, Rachel travelled to the American Center in Jerusalem practical and taught a workshop on mediation concepts and techniques for a group of experienced mediators.


Woman talking at front of roomIn April, Rachel Krol ’12 delivered a negotiation and communications workshop as part of the “Preparing Capable Owners of a Family Business” program for family business owners from Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and Babson at the Cambridge Institute for Family Enterprise. In September, she traveled to Los Angeles to co-deliver a series of negotiation training programs for the Legal Department at Netflix. This fall Rachel is co-teaching the Negotiations Seminar at Georgetown University Law Center with another HLS alum, Zoe Segal-Reichlin ’06, as well as with former HNMCP clinical instructors Chad Carr ’06 and Alonzo Emery ’10, and with HNMCP alumnae Leah Kang ’12 and Ariel Eckblad ’15.


Andrew Mamo

HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Andrew Mamo ’14 has been one of the organizers of the campus-wide New Clinicians Workshop. The workshop brings together instructors with less than five years of experience from all of the clinics at Harvard Law School for discussions with panels of experienced clinicians and other experts. Sessions have addressed the challenges of supervising students, giving feedback, grading, classroom teaching, diversity and inclusion, and balancing obligations to clients and students.

Additionally, Andrew—together with Crisanne Hazen of the Harvard Law School Child Advocacy Program and Maritza Karmely of Suffolk University Law School—organized the orientation program for new clinical instructors at the New England Clinical Conference at Roger Williams University School of Law on October 12. Participants shared their goals as new clinical instructors and faculty, and discussed shared challenges and strategies for succeeding in clinical legal education.


Sara del Nido Budish

HNMCP Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law Sara Budish ’13 helped organize a lunchtime panel titled “Emerging Technology and Dispute Resolution: What Does the Future Hold?” this spring, in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center—Young Professionals group. The event was co-sponsored by HNMCP and Shearman. The panel addressed the rapid development of emerging technologies, which is largely outpacing traditional laws and regulations intended to provide order in our lives and commerce. Panelists discussed whether national courts or alternative dispute resolution (e.g. arbitration, mediation) will continue to provide a reliable and efficient method for dispute resolution; whether new approaches and forums for dispute resolution will develop in parallel; and how can technology, which is advancing at exponential rates of change, be governed by institutions that evolve, at best, at linear rates of change. The panel included two leading thinkers in the technology and dispute resolution: Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and editor of the Negotiation Journal; and  Ethan Katsh, Professor and Director at the National Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts. The panel was moderated by David Earnest, SVAMC-YP, Steering Committee Co-Chair | Shearman & Sterling LLP.



HNMCP Clinical Fellow Adriel Borshansky HDS ’15 presented at a new Harvard Law School initiative entitled, “Life in Law: Coaching for Success in Law”. This semester-long series of seminars was designed to help students learn skills for navigating emotional, social, and professional challenges in addition to skills of managing coursework. Borshansky delivered the last of eight seminars and gave students frameworks for thinking about and space to workshop difficult conversations that they had recently experienced in their personal and professional lives.

Borshansky also led a workshop on dialogue for the local, Jewish learning collaborative “Camberville Open Beit Midrash” and facilitated interfaith dialogue amongst youth participants from diverse religious, racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds in the week-long intensive, Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI).


Young man in coat and tieHNMCP alum Corey Linehan ’18 joined the District of Columbia’s Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, with whom he worked on a two-semester clinical project, in a presentation to the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education’s national symposium, themed, “Restoring Focus on the Child.” The Office’s presentation highlighted innovations in its current work, the steps it has taken in light of the HNMCP clinical team’s recommendations, and the questions with which it continues to grapple.



HNMCP alum Jyoti Jasrasaria ’18 co-developed and co-produced a new podcast in this, her 3L year. Breached examines issues that have been traditionally framed as an essential element of any American social contract. Over ten episodes, the podcast explores areas of American life where some sort of bargain between us—either explicit or implicit—no longer seems to stand. Jyoti also served as chair of the student advisory committee in the search for the new President of Harvard University. Congrats Jyoti!



Here at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program we teach and hone the skills of listening well, thinking creatively, and looking at disputes through the lens of the whole system. We examine—through pedagogy and field experience—the arts of negotiation, mediation, dispute systems design, and facilitation to help our students develop critical problem-solving skills, apply theory to practice, and deliver tailored conflict management solutions to our clients. Much to our delight, many of our students have gone on to work in the dispute resolution community. Over the past year we’ve begun a new series on our blog—From the Field. In it we spotlight stories and insights from former students who are working in the field of dispute resolution. We hope you enjoy this new section on our blog and encourage you to comment and be in conversation with its writers. We hope to bring new posts in the upcoming year. In the meantime, please peruse the first five installments in the series:

About Political Dialogue in a Confrontational Culture by Oriol Valentí i Vidal ’17

On Applying Models of Negotiation to Real Life Challenges by Sandy Vasher ’07

Applying Negotiation Skills in the Foreign Service by Matilda Jansen Brolin LLM ’16

Principled Negotiatins and Complex Peace Processes: Reflections on Connecting Theory to Practice: Part I and Part II by Lisa Dicker ’17 and Danae Paterson ’16