Heather Scheiwe Kulp

Heather Scheiwe Kulp is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP). Heather Kulp teaches in the Law School’s Negotiation Workshop and supervises HNMCP conflict management and dispute systems design client projects. As a Clinical Fellow with HNMCP, Heather worked with Professor Robert Bordone to develop “The Lawyer as Facilitator” course.

Prior to joining Harvard Law, Heather was a Skadden Fellow at Resolution Systems Institute/Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago. While there, she designed court- and government-based conflict management systems for self-represented and low-income parties. She focused on foreclosure dispute resolution programs, but also conducted research and systems design in the areas of elder, child custody, and small claims mediation. Her conflict management consulting clients have included Physicians Computer Company, the State of Hawaii, the Uniform Law Commission, and the Utah Bar Association. Her work is published in scholarly and popular press, including the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Law Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, and Wipf & Stock.
Heather earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Saint Olaf College. She is a member of the Illinois Bar. Prior to attending law school, she founded and directed an alternative magazine for young women, Alive Magazine.

Courses Taught

Negotiation Workshop

Research Interests

Dispute systems design, negotiation, conflict management, mediation, legal ethics, housing law, entrepreneurship, the sharing economy, the arts


You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy, 46 WASH. U. J. L. POL’Y __ (forthcoming, Spring 2015), with Amanda L. Kool.

A Tightrope Over Both Your Houses: Ensuring Party Participation and Preserving Mediation’s Core Values in Foreclosure Mediation, 14 PEPPERDINE J. DISP. RES. (Summer 2014).

“Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Programs: Do They Work?,” ABA Property & Probate Magazine (Fall 2013).

A (Mortgage) Crisis in Communication: Foreclosure Dispute Resolution as Effective Response, 66 ARK. L. REV. 185 (Spring 2013), with Jennifer Shack.

Increasing Referrals to Small Claims Mediation Programs, 14 CARDOZO J. DISP. RES. 361 (Winter 2013).

“Can we get a Political Timeout?” L.A. TIMES, Oct. 25, 2012, with Professor Robert Bordone.

“Reimagining ADR in a Crisis: Neutrals Respond to Foreclosures,” ACResolution Magazine (Fall 2012).

Foreclosure Mediation & Mitigation Program Models, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION SECTION OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION (2011, rev. 2012).

In the Alternative columnist, ILLINOIS BAR ASSOCIATION ADR SECTION, September 2011–June 2012.

Just Court ADR weekly blogger, RESOLUTION SYSTEMS INSTITUTE, September 2010–September 2012.

Other “What We Can Learn from Heroes Like Bobby Kennedy,” MINN. STAR-TRIBUNE, Feb. 19, 2007.

“Embracing Your Beauty, Moving in Strength,” in MY RED COUCH: AND OTHER STORIES ON SEEKING A FEMINIST FAITH (eds. Claire E. Bischoff & Rachel Gaffron 2005).


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