Event Date: Monday June 26, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and
The Center on Negotiation, Mediation, and Restorative Justice at
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law are pleased to present:

PON Live! Book Talk

Managing Conflict Mindfully: Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Book cover

A virtual discussion with:

Leonard L. Riskin, Author
Visiting Professor of Law
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law Emeritus
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Alyson Carrel

Alyson Carrel
Clinical Professor
Co-director, Center on Negotiation,
Mediation, and Restorative Justice
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Daniel Shapiro

Daniel L. Shapiro, Ph.D.
Director, Harvard International
Negotiation Program
Associate Professor of Psychology
Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital
Affiliate Faculty, Program on Negotiation
Harvard Law School


Monday, June 26, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Free and open to the public

Click to access Zoom registration link.

This session will be recorded. Pending faculty approval, we will post the recording on this page.

About the book:

All of us, including the most elevated, sometimes make unwise decisions related to conflict and difficult situations. Such choices can lead to missed opportunities, suboptimal agreements, and impaired relationships, and even to the fear, hatred, anxiety, polarization, and violence that infuse and infect much of today’s world.

In Managing Conflict Mindfully: Don’t Believe Everything You Think, Leonard Riskin—law professor, mediator, and mindfulness teacher—helps us understand how and why this happens and what we can do about it, through a new framework that integrates negotiation, mindfulness, and internal family systems. Drawing on decades of practice, research, and teaching, this book extends Riskin’s influential writings and brings new insights to accepted ideas about negotiation. It could help anyone deal better with others, or with themselves.

The book is available in softbound and Kindle editions from Amazon.com.  Paperback and e-book editions are available from the publisher.  Visit westacademic.com.  Enter promo code RISKIN15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order.

About the speakers:

Leonard L. Riskin is a visiting professor of Law and distinguished senior fellow at the Center on Negotiation, Mediation, and Restorative Justice at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He previously served as Director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and the Isidor Loeb Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He teaches and writes about mediation, negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution. He led a major project to integrate dispute resolution into standard law school classes at the University of Missouri School of Law and five other law schools. He also works at integration of mindfulness into the education of lawyers and other dispute resolution professionals. Riskin has published several books, numerous articles in scholarly journals and essays in popular publications including the New York Times Magazine and The Atlantic. He has led training workshops around the world. Riskin has won numerous awards including the Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution in 2013 and two teaching awards at Northwestern Law.

Alyson Carrel is a clinical professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and the Co-director of the law school’s Center on Negotiation, Mediation, and Restorative Justice. Carrel is an active leader, presenter, and trainer in dispute resolution. She has provided negotiation and dispute resolution trainings for a wide variety of public and private clients including law firm Baker McKenzie, the Cook County Juvenile Court Child Protection Mediation Program court systems/programs, HUD government organization, Coca-Cola Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Until 2019, she led the law school’s legal technology & innovation initiatives as the Assistant Dean of Law & Technology. Carrel received a grant to purchase wearable cameras for negotiation simulation courses, a fellowship to integrate the A2J Author platform in mediation advocacy courses, launched TEaCH LAW, a faculty instructional technology initiative, and was awarded the student-voted Outstanding Professor of a Small Class. Carrel is currently researching the impact of emerging technology in dispute resolution and developing a new client-driven competency model for the 21st-century legal professional called the Delta Model.

Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D. is the Director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital and affiliate faculty at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable: How to Resolve Your Most Emotionally Charged Conflicts and coauthor of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate. Shapiro teaches conflict resolution at Harvard College; instructs psychology interns at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital; and leads executive education sessions at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. He has served on the faculty at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has launched successful conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia, and for three years chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution. Focusing extensively on the emotional and identity-based dimensions of conflict resolution, he developed a conflict management curriculum that has reached one million youth across more than 20 countries. Shapiro has contributed to The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and other popular publications, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award, the Cloke-Millen Peacemaker of the Year award, and Harvard’s Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the oldest of the teaching awards given out by the Undergraduate Council.


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