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HLS courses & initiatives:
Leadership in Law Firms
Case Development Initiative (new cases)
Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making and Teams (new cases)
Information Law and Policy: Problem Solving Workshop ((new cases)
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Leadership in Law Firms

Professor Ashish Nanda helps students explore careers in law and professional service firms

Professor Ashish Nanda's spring course, Leadership in Law Firms, uses case studies and guest speakers to help students understand how law firms and professional service firms work and explore how to succeed in a career at a such firms.  "More than 60% of HLS students begin their careers working in law firms and other professional service industries. This course helps educate students who think they might want to pursue such a career path," explained Professor Nanda. “We use case studies to give them a real world idea of what it’s like to work as an associate, how to learn and succeed in such a context, and the career opportunities and choices they face. Students appreciate that they need not only depth of technical knowledge, but also an understanding of business and organization, and capabilities in leadership and management. They need an appreciation of both to succeed."  Read full article ...

For more information on the course and materials, contact Lisa Brem, or Rachel Gibson,

New CDI Business Case Studies

Check out the new business related cases at the Case Studies website: Slater & Gordon (A) and (B), Workers' Rights in the Hudson Valley (A) and (B), Axiom (A): Getting Down to Business, Where to from Here? and Berwin Leighton Paisner (A): Crafting a Law Firm Merger

Case Development for Business Courses at HLS

The Case Development Initiative (CDI), including Ashish Nanda, Faculty Director and Robert Braucher Professor of Practice (pictured above left), Dechert Fellow Nicholas Haas (above right), and Program Coordinator Rachel Gibson (center), focuses on producing cases for use in a variety of business-oriented courses at HLS. "We're currently working on a professional service firm case study about the risky business of hiring stars," said Haas. "We have been interviewing at a firm that seems to have developed an excellent approach to hiring and integrating lateral partners."  Gibson explained what CDI looks for when they determine which case studies to pursue. "Good cases tell good stories," said Gibson. "We want to develop cases that allow the reader to fully inhabit the shoes of the decision maker, and learn by wrestling with and discussing in class the dilemmas they face." Read full article ...

See above box for new CDI case studies. For more information on using CDI case studies in legal and professional education, contact Rachel Gibson,

New Multiparty Role Plays

New role plays written for the Multiparty Negotiation Workshop: Run for the Border!, Balance the Budget!, The Final Furlough, Family Property Dispute Resolution, Star Pond Community Meeting, and Amity Island Focus Group

Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Teams

Robert Bordone, Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, and Rory Van Loo, Lecturer on Law developed and co-teach an advanced negotiation workshop that enables students to participate in and conduct complex, multiparty negotiations. "Lawyers and other professionals, irrespective of their specialty, find themselves party to negotiations with multiple (more than two) principals all the time," explains Bordone. "This course combines theory and practice to give students an opportunity to hone their skills in multiparty settings."  Students work in teams to address complex, global, and professional issues.  The advanced Workshop integrates intellectual and experiential learning by combining readings, lectures, and discussions with frequent exercises, extensive review, live and filmed examples, individual and small group reviews, and analysis of the negotiation process and the process of learning from experience. Bordone and his team at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) developed several role play simulations and teaching notes specifically for this course (see box above). Read full article ...

For more information, or to discuss how to adapt the course for your academic or executive education needs, contact Lisa Brem, Case Studies Program Manager, at

New Problem Solving Case Studies

The Smart Grid, The WikiLeaks incident, and Game Changers: Mobile Gaming Apps and Data Privacy, teaching notes, and the Advanced Problem Solving Workshop syllabus are available free of charge at the Case Studies website.

Information Law and Policy: Advanced Problem Solving Workshop

HLS Visiting Professor Susan Crawford taught the Information Law and Policy: Advanced Problem Solving Workshop this fall at HLS. The course combines case studies with mini lectures, classroom exercises and guest speakers to provide an interactive, participant centered experience for students. The case studies were developed in last spring's Advanced Problem Solving Workshop in Cyberlaw and Intellectual Property, the brainchild of Professors Jonathan Zittrain and John Palfrey. "We wanted a team-based approach where students could grapple with textured, real-word problems," explained Professor Zittrain. "The idea was for students to inhabit the roles of people dealing with intractable issues in a way that was larger than just a doctrinal presentation--to ask:'what does this person, company, or government want to do and what legal and technological tools do they have to make this change?" Read full article ...

To encourage adoption of the problem solving methodology, HLS has made many of the advanced problem solving cases, teaching plans, and the course syllabus available free of charge at the Case Studies website (see above box for available cases)
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