The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) is the nation’s first legal clinic focusing on dispute systems design and conflict management. Founded in 2006 by Professor Robert Bordone, HNMCP takes students from pedagogy to practice in negotiation, mediation, facilitated dialogue, stakeholder assessment, dispute systems evaluation and design, conflict analysis, and curriculum development.
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
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 Instructor, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
Before 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 consulted with multiple states, the Uniform Law Commission, and the Department of Justice about best practices in foreclosure mediation. As a conflict resolution and not-for-profit consultant, Heather has assisted a variety of groups and individuals, including universities, social justice NGOs, bar associations, and arts organizations. Her work has been published by ACResolution Magazine, the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, the Arkansas Law Review, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Los Angeles Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Property and Probate Magazine,and Wipf & Stock.
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. As a Clinical Instructor, Heather develops and supervises HNMCP projects.
Sara del Nido
Clinical Fellow, Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program
As a student in HNMCP, Sara and her teammate created and delivered a series of customized trainings to a group of healthcare providers with a focus on communication and difficult conversations. Sara was deeply involved in the ADR community throughout law school, serving as Advanced Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program; research assistant to Professor Robert Bordone; and Online Executive Editor for the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. Prior to law school, she was a Research Associate in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies and helped design and build a curriculum around negotiation and incentive systems in the context of organizational behavior and management.
Sara was a summer associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP and has interned with the Hon. Denise Jefferson Casper in the U.S. District Court, D. Mass., and at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in their Office of Litigation. She has published original course materials through Harvard Business School Publishing and Harvard Law School Case Studies.
Sara is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Dartmouth College. Sara is HNMCP’s Clinical Fellow, working on special projects within the Clinic and 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 served on the Training Corps and as Liaison in Malden District Court. 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 has fourteen years of experience at Harvard University, in administration, event management and communications. Prior to joining HNMCP, Tracy 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
As the Negotiation Workshop Coordinator, April works alongside the Workshop teaching teams, coordinating all the logistics of both the Winter and Spring Negotiation Workshop academic course offerings at HLS, as well as two continuing legal education workshops in the Harvard Negotiation Institute held at Harvard Law School each summer.
Prior to joining the Negotiation Workshop team, April worked as an Event Operations Supervisor in the Harvard Law School Office of Event Scheduling and Support. Before joining the Harvard Law School community, April was a research assistant for the Boston-based sports agency, Symmetry Reps, and assisted with Rogers Review cases as a legal intern for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services.
A native of New York State’s capital region, April holds a J.D. from New England School of Law and a B.A. cum laude, in Psychology and Political Science, from Alfred University. Prior to beginning law school, April was a shooting guard on the Alfred University Division III Women’s Basketball team, and interned for the New York State Office of the Attorney General: Court of Claims, the New York State Governor’s Appointments Office, and the New York State Assembly. April is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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.
Ana Carolina Riella
Outreach and Case Coordinator, Harvard Mediation Program
Ana Carolina Riella joined the staff of the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) in July of 2014 as Outreach and Case Coordinator. After completing her training with HMP in 2010, Ana mediated small claims cases in the Cambridge and Malden District Courts. In 2013 she was selected for the very first HMP Training Corp, a seven-member team charged with teaching new trainees in the program’s facilitative mediation model. Beyond HMP Ana worked at the Boston Law Collaborative with David Hoffman, a Harvard Law School Lecturer on Law. She also held the position of Mediation Case Coordinator at the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Boston.
A native of Brazil, Ana mediated cases in a compensation program for the beneficiaries of the 2009 Air France Flight 447 plane crash. Ana’s legal background also includes a position as International Associate at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett LLP in New York, in-house counsel at Renault SAS in Paris, France, and as intern at the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. She received her LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and from Université de Paris II – Panthéon-Assas (Paris, France), after earning her JD from Pontificia Universidad Católica, in Brazil.