Professor Robert Bordone
Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Director, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Most students at Harvard Law School know Professor Bob Bordone as the lead instructor for Harvard Law School’s flagship Spring Negotiation Workshop. In 2007, the graduating class selected Bob as the recipient of the Albert Sacks-Paul Freund Teaching Award, presented annually by the student body to one member of the Law School faculty for their teaching excellence, mentorship of students, and general contributions to the life of the Law School. He was a finalist for the same award in 2012 and 2013, the only faculty member in the history of Harvard Law School to be a finalist for this distinction three times. Bob also teaches, at various times, courses on dispute resolution, leadership, dispute systems design, and multi-party negotiations. He is Founding Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, which the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) selected to be the recipient of its 2010 Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award. He also serves as a Member of the Executive Committee for the Program on Negotiation and teaches in their Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Senior Executive Education seminars.
As a professional facilitator and conflict resolution consultant, Bob works with individual and corporate clients across a spectrum of industries. He specializes in assisting individuals and groups seeking to manage conflicts in highly sensitive, emotional, or difficult situations. His corporate clients have included Premera Blue Cross, Health Net, Gap, Inc., Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, Exelon, and Microsoft. In addition, he has worked on projects with nonprofit, educational, governmental and cultural institutions such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts General Hospital, Princeton Regional Schools, Dartmouth College, Fort Wayne, Indiana Schools, the U.S. Department of Justice, the United Way, the International Criminal Court at The Hague, DePaul University, and the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration.
In addition, he has taught negotiation to attorneys at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the National Association of Realtors, and the international law firms of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP, Freshfields, Braukhaus, & Deringer, Lowenstein, Sandler, LLP, Crowell & Moring, LLP, Shearman & Sterling, LLP, and Clifford Chance, LLP.
Bob’s research interests include the design and implementation of dispute resolution systems, the development of a problem-solving curriculum in law schools, and ADR ethics. Bob is the co-author of two books: Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes (Aspen, 2013) and The Handbook of Dispute Resolution (Jossey-Bass, 2005). The Handbook of Dispute Resolution was awarded the 2005 Book Award from the National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution, awarded to a book published in the United States that shows the best promise of promoting and contributing to the field of conflict resolution. Bob has also authored a number of articles including “Negotiation Teaching in Law Schools,” a working paper published in Negotiation Pedagogy: A Research Survey of Four Disciplines, 11 (2000); “Teaching Interpersonal Skills for Negotiation and for Life” in the Negotiation Journal (October 2000) and “Electronic Online Dispute Resolution: A Systems Approach—Potential, Problems, and a Proposal,” 3 Harv. Neg. L. Rev. 175 (1998). He has written numerous case simulations used in Harvard negotiation courses and at other American law schools, and his writing and commentary have appeared in various print and broadcast media outlets including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, CNN’s Situation Room, and BBC Radio.
A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Government, and a cum laude graduate Harvard Law School, Bob clerked for the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the United States District Court for Massachusetts. He has also worked at the Washington D.C.-based law firm of Crowell & Moring, the New York-based law firm of Cravath, Swaine, & Moore, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Boston Consulting Group. He is a member of the bars of NY, NJ, and the District of Columbia.
Bob currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Negotiation Journal and as a member of its Editorial Advisory Board. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Mediation Program and is faculty adviser to the Harvard Mediation Program, the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Harvard Negotiators, HLS Lambda, and the HLS Catholic Law Students Association. He also serves on the Board of Visitors of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College.
As the Director of HNMCP, Bob is responsible for the overall functioning of the clinic, and directly supervises some of the clinical projects.
Assistant Director and Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Before coming to HNMCP, Rachel Viscomi worked as a Principal in the Corporate Education Practice of Vantage Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm that helps clients achieve business results by transforming the way they negotiate and manage their key relationships. At Vantage, Rachel worked closely with Fortune 500 clients from a wide range of industries (energy, financial services, sales, pharmaceuticals, technology, and entertainment, among others) to design and deliver experiences that maximized learning transfer and business impact. Her clients have included Cisco Systems, WestJet, Warner Brothers, Disney, IBM, and Deloitte. She managed the firm’s largest client relationship, working closely with internal stakeholders to create and oversee a best-in-class Negotiation and Influence Curriculum. She has taught conflict resolution sessions as part of UMass Boston’s Emerging Leaders Program, NALEO’s National Summit on the State of Latino Education, Amsterdam’s ADR Institute, and at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.
Prior to joining Vantage, Ms. Viscomi practiced as a civil litigator with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP, where she assisted a wide variety of clients (including The New York Times Company, Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company, and MetLife Investment Services) in resolving complex commercial disputes.
Rachel earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Columbia College, with departmental honors, in Italian. She studied in Italy at the Università di Bologna and the Università degli studi di Firenze, earning her Master of Arts in Italian from Middlebury College with highest honors, before receiving her JD from Harvard Law School in 2001.
Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Chad Carr has taught ADR as a visiting professor at the University of Oregon Law School, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a lecturer at Vermont Law School.
Chad spent two years at Ropes & Gray, LLP in Boston, assisting large corporations with major transactions including debt financing, acquisitions, and fund formations. Before coming to HNMCP, Chad served as a research associate at the Harvard Business School where he wrote cases and articles for the MBA and executive education curriculums.
Chad is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the College of William and Mary. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Patti B. Saris in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Chad is teaching Dispute Systems Design in the Fall of 2013 and both the HNMCP Seminar and the Negotiation Workshop in Spring of 2014.
Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Clinical Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Prior to joining HNMCP, Alonzo Emery served as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing. As the first full-time American faculty member at RUC Law School, he taught courses in alternative dispute resolution as well as international, Chinese and American law. He also ran the Renmin University Disability Law Clinic, China’s first law school clinic dedicated exclusively to providing legal services to persons with disabilities. Through his consulting work, Alonzo has trained hundreds of civil society leaders, government officials, jurists and educators from China and the United States in negotiation and conflict resolution strategies.
Alonzo earned his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and his BA cum laude from Yale University. He has also studied at Peking University, Tsinghua University, Taiwan University and the University of Cape Town. Alonzo supervises HNMCP projects and co-teaches the Negotiation Workshop
Heather Scheiwe Kulp
Clinical Fellow, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Prior to joining HNMCP, Heather was a Skadden Fellow with Resolution Systems Institute/The Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. There, she partnered with courts and government agencies to develop small claims, foreclosure, and other mediation programs for low-income litigants. She has consulted with multiple states, the Uniform Law Commission, and the Department of Justice about best practices in foreclosure mediation. Her work has been published by the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, the Illinois State Bar Association, Wipf & Stock, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, ACResolution Magazine, and the Arkansas Law Review (forthcoming Spring ’13).
Heather is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Saint Olaf College. Prior to attending law school, she founded and directed a not-for-profit alternative magazine for young women, Alive Magazine. Heather is HNMCP’s Clinical Fellow, working with Harvard Law School student practice organizations.
Clinical Administrator, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Faculty Assistant to Prof. Bob Bordone
Tracy Blanchard is a certified Non-Violent Communication™ (NVC) mediator, as well as a Massachusetts state-certified mediator. She is a member of the Harvard Mediation Program, where she also serves on the Training Corps. Tracy has studied Spiritual Direction at Boston College School of Theology and is currently attending Andover Newton Theological School for a Certificate in Spiritual and Pastoral Care.
Tracy brings to HNMCP over a decade of project and event management and communications experience at Harvard University, having served in positions at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Kennedy School of Government, and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Before coming to Harvard she worked in special sales and marketing for the Globe Pequot Press and Little, Brown, & Company.
Negotiation Workshop Coordinator, Harvard Law School
Jessica MacDonald came to Harvard Law School after earning her Masters degree in Human Geography from Lund University in Sweden. While abroad she also completed a 6 month Baltic Studies Certificate from Tartu University in Estonia along with independent research projects in Romania and Lithuania. Jessica is the Coordinator for the Winter and Spring Negotiation Workshops. She also coordinates Prof. Bordone’s classes at the Harvard Negotiation Institute and manages Continuing Legal Education for the Program on Negotiation.
Program Manager, Harvard Mediation Program
While temping in Dean Vorenberg’s office in 1988, a chance meeting with Prof. Charles Ogletree lay the foundation for Maureen “Mo” Griffin’s tenure at Harvard Law School (HLS). Inspired by Ogletree’s work, Mo accepted the position of Administrative Director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), the curriculum-based criminal defense and juvenile justice clinic at HLS, founded by Ogletree in 1990. As Administrative Director Mo managed the day-to-day operations of CJI and organized several national conferences while working with a cadre of exceptional students and colleagues. As a middle sibling, Mo longed to learn formal mediation skills and in 2002, she trained with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP). She then assumed the position of Program Administrator of HMP in 2003 and was promoted to Program Manager in 2011.
Alongside her managerial responsibilities, Mo works in close collaboration with student board members and fellow HMP and HNMCP colleagues; participates in a variety of trainings; and mediates regularly. Mo is energized by the HMP community of dedicated and talented students, staff, faculty, and community members and the many individuals who place their hope and trust in the mediation process. She is a graduate of Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University) in Massachusetts where she majored in Communications/Media and pursued a career in public relations upon graduation.
Clinical Supervisor, Harvard Mediation Program
Priscilla (Prill) Ellis is a clinical/community psychologist who decided to broaden her skills and horizons by training as a mediator 20 years ago. With two young children and a litigator spouse, she thought mediation training would be useful in the domestic, as well as the public, sphere. Thanks to Gabrielle Gropman, then Program Administrator for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), she joined the program as a community mediator. In 1999 she succeeded Michael Moffitt ’94 as Clinical Supervisor.
Having spent much of her college and graduate education within ivy-covered walls (Radcliffe, Harvard, Yale), Prill discovered that some of her most important personal and professional growth occurred beyond those walls. With its dual mission of education and community service, HMP offers its members that kind of powerful “hands-on” opportunity. The collaborative climate Mo Griffin has cultivated, the unique mix of students, community members, staff and faculty, and the challenges of working with a variety of clients in conflict situations, make HMP an exceptionally supportive and stimulating learning community.
Case Coordinator, Harvard Mediation Program
Shiona Sommerville has been involved with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) since 2007 as a mediator, Board Member, court supervisor, and frequent trainer. She assumed the position of Case Coordinator in 2012. Shiona comes to mediation having worked as a consultant in the field of urban planning and as a facilitator of multi-party, participatory processes. This experience in multi-issue, in the moment, and sometimes messy processes drew her to mediation training and teaching, and she continues to be fascinated by the blend of learned skills and improvisation that characterizes many conversations.
In addition to coordinating cases and managing client outreach, Shiona mediates regularly and supervises newly minted mediators as an integral part of HMP’s training program. Shiona received her BA/Sc. summa cum laude from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and holds graduate degrees from both the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada and Harvard University.