Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits: A Book Talk with Lainey Feingold and Paul Parravano

Event Date: Tuesday November 15, 2016
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Austin Hall West, Room 111, Harvard Law School Campus

The Program on Negotiation and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability are pleased to present:

Structured Negotiation:
A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits


Lainey Feingold

Lainey Feingold

Civil Rights Lawyer

Paul Parravano

Paul Parravano

MIT Office of the President
Co-Director, Office of Government and Community Relations


Tuesday, November 15, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Austin Hall West, Room 111
Harvard Law School Campus

Free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow the talk.

About the book:

Imagine successfully resolving legal claims without depositions, expert battles, or runaway costs. Picture a process that offers win-win solutions, encourages relationships, empowers clients, and does not involve lawsuits. This is Structured Negotiation, the collaborative dispute resolution method described in Lainey Feingold’s new book.

Over the past 20 years, author Lainey Feingold, her co-counsel, and clients, including Paul Parravano, have used Structured Negotiation to advance and protect the rights of blind people to accessible technology and information.

David Hoffman, Esq., the John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and the Founder, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC says: “Lainey Feingold’s thoughtful and experienced-based distillation of her new approach to resolving disputes through Structured Negotiation has the potential to make a major impact on how we resolve disputes. Bearing strong similarities to Collaborative Law, and integrating well with mediation, the Structured Negotiation model provides a detailed roadmap for principled peacemaking in complex cases.”

About the Speakers:

Lainey Feingold is an internationally recognized disability civil rights lawyer who has practiced Structured Negotiation for more than 20 years. She received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2000 and 2014 for her work in Structured Negotiation, and was a founding member of the Disability Rights Bar Association. In addition to handling cases, Lainey Feingold mentors lawyers in the practice of Structured Negotiation and speaks, writes, and teaches about digital accessibility and Structured Negotiation. Her book, Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits, was published by the American Bar Association in August 2016.

Paul Parravano has been part of the MIT community since 1991. His role in the Office of Government and Community Relations involves fostering communication and understanding between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and all levels of government, major constituency groups, and MIT’s surrounding community. He serves as a liaison and resource for people within MIT who may have a need to work with external parties and those in the community who have a similar need to interact with the Institute. Mr. Parravano serves as MIT’s campus federal relations officer, accompanying MIT’s President on regular visits to Washington and hosting campus visits by elected officials and other dignitaries. In Cambridge, he works to strengthen MIT’s involvement in science education for K-12 teachers and students through a growing list of partnerships, especially with the Cambridge Public Schools.

Prior to his employment at MIT, Paul worked as a staff attorney in a civil rights consulting firm in the Boston area, providing advice and consultation for corporations on the implementation of civil rights regulations. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.


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