OCP is happy to welcome new clinicians Vanessa O’Connor and Lisa Dicker. Vanessa joined the Transactional Law Clinics as a clinical instructor while Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Programs welcomed Lisa as a clinical instructor.
Before joining the Harvard faculty, Vanessa was an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in the Real Estate Industries group where she represented real estate investment funds, developers and institutional investors in connection with real estate finance, joint venture formation acquisition and disposition transactions. Prior to that, Vanessa was an associate at Robins Kaplan LLP in the Business Litigation group.
Vanessa serves as a member of the Hanover, Massachusetts Board of Selectmen and as a co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Real Estate Public Service Committee. She obtained her J.D. from Boston College Law School and her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University.
Prior to joining HNMCP, Lisa was Counsel at a global pro bono law firm where she advised on peace negotiations, conflict prevention, transitional justice, and post-conflict democratic transitions. Her portfolio included advising delegations to the Sudanese Peace Talks, the Sudanese Constitutional Declaration negotiations, the UN-led Intra-Syrian Peace Process, and the Astana Ceasefire Talks for Syria; counseling practitioners across the Middle East & North Africa on community-led transitional justice efforts; advising the Tanzanian government and civil society actors on efforts to counter violent extremism; and supporting localized peacebuilding efforts in Yemen.
Lisa has also been an Adjunct Professor in Bay Path University’s M.S. Leadership & Negotiation program, and has served on teaching teams for Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Workshop, Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation’s executive education courses, and independent programs.
She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from the University of Tennessee.