Rachel A. Viscomi

Clinical Professor of Law

Director, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic

Pound 517

617-495-5425

Assistant: Tracy Blanchard / 617-496-7109

Biography

Rachel A. Viscomi is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School and the Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP). Professor Viscomi teaches courses include Designing Dispute Systems for Justice; Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making and Teams; and Facilitation Workshop: Leading Challenging Conversations in Business, Politics, and the Community. She also runs the Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic, training law students to become problem-solving lawyers, while supporting clients to rethink the way they manage conflict within their organizations. Viscomi has supervised projects across the world, from the United States and Canada to Israel and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Viscomi joined HNMCP in 2013 as its assistant director and a clinical instructor and became director in 2018. In her clinical work, she supervises projects related to dispute systems design, conflict assessment, facilitated dialogue, strategic negotiation advice, and curriculum design. Viscomi has worked closely with students to re-envision public safety, reinvigorate public dialogue, increase access to justice, and enhance connection and accountability within organizations.

She teaches several advanced negotiation courses, including “Designing Dispute Systems for Justice,” “Facilitation Workshop: Leading Challenging Conversations in Business, Politics, and the Community,” and “Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making and Teams.” She has also taught a reading group for first-year law students for several years called “Strategies of Nonviolent Resistance.” In the classroom and outside, Viscomi strives to help her students engage not just with conflict in the external world, but with the internal tension this work can elicit.

Viscomi has sought to increase access to facilitation and dialogue within the Harvard Law School community and beyond, training new lawyers and conflict consultants to lead through uncertainty, engaging the strong emotions, cognitive biases, and narrative intricacy that typify complex disputes. She has worked closely with the incredible Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program team to expand opportunities on campus for students interested in dispute resolution.

Viscomi’s teaching and consulting work has taken her all over the globe, from Northern America to the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Central America, Africa, and beyond. She regularly presents on topics related to facilitation, mediation, dispute systems design, and negotiation.

Prior to joining HLS, Viscomi was a principal in the Corporate Education Practice of Vantage Partners, a Boston-based consulting firm. Before joining Vantage, she was a civil litigator with the law firm of Bingham McCutchen, LLP, where she worked on First Amendment, contract, employment, prisoners’ rights, and construction-related issues.

Viscomi holds an M.A. in Italian from Middlebury College and a B.A. summa cum laude in Italian Literature from Columbia University. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

 

Robert C. Bordone & Rachel A. Viscomi, Review Essay, The Wicked Problem of Rethinking Negotiation Teaching, 31 Negot. J. 65 (2015).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Legal Profession
,
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
,
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
,
Legal Education
,
Clinical Legal Education
Type: Article
Abstract
This essay reviews the four-volume series "Rethinking Negotiation Teaching (RNT)," which was launched in 2007 and invited negotiation scholars and practitioners to join together to re-imagine contemporary negotiation pedagogy.
Rachel Viscomi, Presenter, Dialogue through Difference: Expanding the Legal Skill Set, New England Association for Conflict Resolution (Sept. 2017).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Presenter, Dialogue through Difference: Expanding the Legal Skill Set, New England Association for Conflict Resolution
Rachel Viscomi, Presenter, Dialogue through Difference: Expanding the Legal Skill Set, American Bar Association, 19th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (Apr. 2017).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
American Bar Association, 19th Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference (Apr. 2017).
Rachel Viscomi, Panelist, What I’m Reading, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference (Apr. 2017).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Dispute Resolution
,
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Panelist, What I’m Reading, American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section Annual Conference
Rachel Viscomi, Moderator, Achieving Equality: Making Steps to Change, Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium: Reflections on the Intersection of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Activism (Feb. 17, 2017).
Categories:
Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
,
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Harvard Negotiation Law Review 2017 Symposium: Reflections on the Intersection of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Activism. http://www.hnlr.org/symposium-central/symposium-2017/
Rachel Viscomi, Moderator, Dispute Systems Design: Expanding Horizons, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program 10th Anniversary Gala Symposium (Nov. 5, 2016).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
,
Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Moderator, Dispute Systems Design: Expanding Horizons, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program 10th Anniversary Gala Symposium,
Rachel Viscomi, Moderator, Negotiating Love: Interpersonal and Romantic Relationships, Harvard Law School Negotiators Event (Feb. 11, 2016).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Negotiating Love: Interpersonal and Romantic Relationships, Harvard Law School Negotiators Event
Rachel Viscomi, Panelist, A Study in Mediation Techniques, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts Bench and Bar Conference (Oct. 2015).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Mediation
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Panelist, A Study in Mediation Techniques, United States District Court, District of Massachusetts Bench and Bar Conference
Rachel Viscomi, Presenter, Negotiation Workshop, Middle East Partnership Initiative Civic Engagement Leadership Institute (July 2015).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Type: Presentation
Abstract
Presenter, Negotiation Workshop, Middle East Partnership Initiative Civic Engagement Leadership Institute
Rachel Viscomi, Panelist, An Introduction to Mediation, Federal Judicial Center, National Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges (Aug. 2014).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Mediation
Type: Presentation
Abstract
An Introduction to Mediation, Federal Judicial Center, National Workshop for Bankruptcy Judges
Robert C. Bordone & Rachel A. Viscomi, Rethinking the Rethinking Negotiation Teaching Series, 20 Disp. Resol. Mag. 20 (2014).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
,
Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
,
Legal Education
Type: Article

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Pound 517

617-495-5425

Assistant: Tracy Blanchard / 617-496-7109