Professor Robert Bordone
Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law
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, one of only three faculty members in the history of the school to be a finalist for the award two 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 co-editor of The Handbook of Dispute Resolution, (Jossey-Bass, 2005), recipient of the 2005 Book Award from the National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution. Along with Nancy Rogers, Craig McEwen, and Frank E.A. Sander, Bob is currently writing Designing Systems and Processes for Managing Disputes (Aspen, 2013). 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.
Rory Van Loo
Lecturer on Law
Assistant Director, HNMCP
Prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty in 2011, Rory worked as a senior advisor helping to set up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also managed teams and directly advised CEOs and other senior executives of Fortune 500 companies while working with McKinsey & Company. He has published in the Harvard Law Review, Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, California Lawyer, and Albany Law Review, among others. He graduated magna cum laude from Pomona College and spent several years working on social projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. before earning his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Rory co-teaches (with Robert Bordone) “Advanced Negotiation: Multiparty Negotiation Workshop: Group Decision Making, and Teams” in the fall semester. He teaches the “Dispute Systems Design” seminar in the spring.
Lecturer on Law
Clinical Instructor, HNMCP
Jeremy McClane is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. His professional experience includes leading deal teams and conducting negotiations for international transactions at the law firm Allen & Overy, LLP in London and Paris, and Goldman Sachs International in London. He has also consulted for Insight Partners, conducting negotiation training and strategy sessions for corporate clients. Before coming to HNMCP Jeremy acted as corporate counsel for MFS International, an investment firm.
Jeremy is a graduate of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School.He clerked for The Honorable Richard J. Cardamone of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and The Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Jeremy supervises clinical projects and teaches the Spring Negotiation Workshop and the Fall Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Seminar.
Lecturer on Law
Clinical Instructor, HNMCP
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 supervises clinical projects and teaches the Spring Negotiation Workshop and the Fall Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Seminar.
Heather Scheiwe Kulp
Clinical Fellow, HNMCP
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, HNMCP & Faculty Assistant to Prof. Bob Bordone
Tracy Blanchard is a Massachusetts state-approved mediator as well as a member of the Training Corps in the Harvard Mediation Program. She acts as Liaison for the Harvard Mediation Program in Malden District Court and is a certified Non-Violent Communication™ (NVC) Mediator. Tracy has trained in Spiritual Direction at Boston College School of Theology.
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, HLS
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.