As a Clinical Fellow with HNMCP, Sara will work on special projects within the Clinic as well as with Harvard Law School student practice organizations that focus on alternative dispute resolution.
Sara graduated from Harvard Law School in the spring of May 2013, after completing a clinical project with HNMCP and Harvard Vanguard/Atrius Health. She and her teammate, Hema Patel ’13, designed an effective communication protocal for medical chiefs and directors to have difficult conversations with their direct reports—both physicians and staff—to hold them accountable to performance outcomes. Sara and Hema then created and delivered a series of trainings to this constituency.
“I couldn't be more excited about this unique opportunity to work on the cutting edge of a field that I feel passionate about,” says Sara. “Particularly as a former participant in the clinic, I know how impactful this innovative program can be for students' lives and careers, and it is an honor to now have the chance to contribute to this fantastic team.”
Sara’s interest in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) began early. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Sara served as a Research Associate for Brian J. Hall at Harvard Business School, writing case studies, building and delivering a creative negotiation-
“Sara’s choose-to-help attitude, her creativity, and her long-term, deep interest in our field will be a huge asset for HNMCP and our students,” enthuses HNMCP Director Prof. Robert Bordone. “I am delighted to welcome her to our team.”
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, at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in the Litigation Unit, with the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School, and with the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, MA. She served as a fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency, where she authored a paper on President Carter’s mediation of the Camp David Accords, for which she won the Marron Award for Best Historical Analysis. She has also published several cases with the Harvard Business School.
The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is the nation’s first legal clinic focusing on dispute systems design and conflict management. HNMCP was founded in 2006 by Professor Robert Bordone to take Harvard Law School students from pedagogy to practice in the fields of negotiation, dispute resolution, and conflict management.
HNMCP trains a new generation of lawyers with the skills—in negotiation, mediation, facilitated dialogue, stakeholder assessment, dispute systems evaluation and design, conflict analysis, and curriculum development—