Roger Fisher Papers Open at Harvard Law School Library

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Roger Fisher, one of the cofounders of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Samuel Williston Professor of Law, Emeritus, was honored on the 8th of April with a celebration of his career, research, and contributions to both the HLS community and the field of negotiation.

Attended by Dean Minow and including remarks by Program on Negotiation Chair Robert Mnookin and Harvard Negotiation Project cofounder Bruce Patton, the event held in the Caspersen Room highlighted Roger Fisher’s career and included the opening of Roger Fisher’s papers in the Harvard Law School Library’s Historical and Special Collections.

The papers, spanning 60 years of Roger Fisher’s career as a lawyer and an academic, include such diverse materials as notes related to his books as well as his work on the television series “The Advocates.” The collection is also made up of correspondence, research notes, unpublished articles, briefs, drafts, reports, and speeches. In addition to his contributions to the field of negotiation and international dispute resolution, Roger Fisher actively taught at Harvard Law School from 1958 until 1992.

Roger Fisher has dedicated his career to researching the ways to understand and improve the negotiation process that organizations, governments, and people use to resolve disputes. Along with distinguished scholars William Ury and Bruce Patton, Roger Fisher founded the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School as a university consortium dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution.

In 1981, along with co-authors Ury and Patton, Roger Fisher published the seminal work Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, a best-selling book that has helped many people learn a better way to negotiate by presenting a universal method for reaching mutually satisfying agreements.

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