Advisory Board

2018-2019

Assistant Clinical Professor Rachel Viscomi
Director, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program
Harvard Law School
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Judge John Cratsley
Lecturer on Law,  Harvard Law School
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Florrie Darwin
Lecturer on Law,  Harvard Law School
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Priscilla Ellis
HMP Clinical Supervisor, 1999-2017 (January)

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Prill Ellis, a clinical/community psychologist, joined the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) in 1994 as a community member and succeeded Michael Moffitt, HLS ’94 and former President of HMP, as Clinical Supervisor in 1999. Prill spent much of her college and graduate education within ivy-covered walls (Radcliffe, Harvard, Yale), but discovered that some of her most important personal and professional growth occurred beyond those walls in places such as the Harvard Mediation Program. During her tenure at HMP Prill believed passionately that the collaborative climate, the unique mix of students, community members, staff and faculty, and the challenges of working with a variety of clients in conflict situations, made HMP an exceptionally supportive and stimulating learning community. Although no longer a member of the HMP staff, Prill returned to her community roots at HMP and continues to mediate and also serves on HMP’s Advisory Board.

Kyle Glover
Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Practicing Attorney, Pierce Atwood LLP

Bio
Kyle Glover is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a practicing attorney at the firm Pierce Atwood LLP, and a consultant on negotiation and dispute resolution. Kyle teaches a section of the spring Negotiation Workshop at Harvard and is a faculty member of the Harvard Negotiation Institute, a week-long negotiation course for mid-career professionals. In his law practice, Kyle focuses on negotiating complex intellectual property and technology transactions, while his consulting practice focuses on designing and conducting workshops and retreats for non-profit and for-profit companies. In addition to a broad interest in the negotiation challenges and opportunities facing practicing attorneys, Kyle is particularly interested in the role that narratives and values play in disputes and dispute resolution. Kyle is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the University of Chicago.

Gabrielle Rossmer Gropman
Program Administrator, Harvard Mediation Program, 1983-2003
Mediation Training Consultant

Bio

With degrees in Political Science (Brandeis University – BA) and in Art (Mass College of Art – MS) Gabrielle’s professional life has always been split between these areas. Program Administrator of the Harvard Mediation Program from 1983 to 2003, she watched the growth of the program and the field, while learning to mediate and train. Training in facilitative mediation has taken her to Germany on a regular basis, and to Bulgaria, Croatia, Switzerland and Italy. She has also trained, among others, the Boston Housing Authority and Fire Department, and the Boston and the New York City Police Departments. Most recently Gabrielle co-authored “The German Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine” with her daughter, Sonya Gropman. They wrote this book in order to research, preserve and share the cuisine of a culture that virtually no longer exists, except within families and individuals who remember the tradition. The book was published by Brandeis University Press in September, 2017. Gabrielle welcomes visitors to her art studio in Somerville.

David Hoffman
Lecturer on Law,  Harvard Law School
Founder, Boston Law Collaborative
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Professor Adriaan Lanni
Harvard Law School
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Professor Robert Mnookin
Harvard Law School
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Bruce Patton
Deputy Director, Harvard Negotiation Project
Partner, Vantage Partners

Bio

Bruce Patton is a Distinguished Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP), which he co-founded with Roger Fisher and William Ury in 1979 and administered as Deputy Director until 2009. With Fisher, Patton pioneered the teaching of negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he was Thaddeus R. Beal Lecturer on Law for fifteen years. He continues to teach the Negotiation Workshop and Advanced Negotiation Workshop in the Harvard Negotiation Institute, the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives, and occasional courses for law students. In 1984 Patton, Fisher, and three HNP alumni founded Conflict Management, Inc., a negotiation consulting and training firm, and Conflict Management Group (now part of Mercy Corps), a not-for-profit entity that works on conflicts of public concern. In 1997, Patton and four CMI/HNP colleagues founded Vantage Partners, llc, an international consulting firm that helps Global 2000 companies negotiate and manage strategic relationships for bottom-line results. Patton is the co-author with Roger Fisher and William Ury of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (Second Edition, Penguin, 1991), and with Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen of Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Viking/Penguin, 1999). To date, there are more than 5 million copies of Getting to Yes in print in 36 languages, while Difficult Conversations is a New York Times business bestseller that has been translated into almost as many languages. Patton received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1978 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984.

David Seibel
Co-Founder & President
Insight Partners

Bio

David G. Seibel is Co-Founder and President of the conflict management firms Insight Partners and the non-profit Insight Collaborative. He helps individuals and organizations articulate their key interests and find creative options to meet them. He is a trainer, consultant, mediator, and professor in the fields of effective negotiation, communication, mediation and dispute resolution. Focusing on commercial and family contexts, Mr. Seibel’s conflict management practice includes extensive public and private service. Through Insight Collaborative, he runs the Insight Fellowship Program, which provides conflict management education experiences for talented individuals, and the Insight Peace Education Project, which teaches conflict management skills to youth in post-conflict regions.

Mr. Seibel teaches the PON Seminar, Mediation and Conflict Management, and has served as adjunct faculty in negotiation at Georgetown Law Center and at the University of Massachusetts. He is a former President of the Harvard Mediation Program and mediates a wide range of criminal and civil disputes. Mr. Seibel has taught courses related to effective negotiation, communication and strategic relationship management to corporate and non-profit clients all over the world, ranging from Fortune 500 companies in financial services and technology, to Members of Parliament in Iraq. His consulting practice includes advising the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, facilitating strategic planning sessions for senior executive teams, and coaching individuals through complex negotiations and relationship management issues in business and divorce contexts.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in world literature from Middlebury College, Mr. Seibel studied Mandarin Chinese and mediation in the People’s Republic of China. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Harvard Mediation Program, and later as Sacks Fellow at the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. His Fellowship focused on the advocacy, negotiation and mediation of family matters, and related clinical education. As an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, Mr. Seibel practiced trusts and estates, and then corporate law. Mr. Seibel left the practice of law and established Insight Partners and Insight Collaborative to maximize his ability to help others around the world create value while improving the relationships that matter most to them.

Gillien Todd
Lecturer on Law,  Harvard Law School
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