Matthew Smith HLS ’05 Joins the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

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Cambridge, MA – July 7, 2008 – The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program announced today the arrival of its newest clinical fellow, Matt Smith. Matt brings with him three years of corporate litigation experience from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Los Angeles.

“HNMCP selected Matt from a large and competitive pool of applicants. We’re simply delighted that the clinic was able to recruit Matt to join us. His experience as an attorney and his past work in negotiation and dispute resolution while a student at Harvard Law School make him the perfect addition to our young clinic,” commented Professor Robert Bordone, Director of HNMCP.

Past clinical student, Becky Jaffe HLS ‘09 adds “I was excited to hear that a new fellow was hired for the Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. HNMCP was the most incredible academic experience I had at Harvard and with the addition of a new clinical fellow more students will be able to have that same experience.”

At McDermott, Matt was part of the Corporate Department, where his practice focused on private equity and emerging companies, mergers & acquisitions, and securities. A graduate of Harvard Law School in 2005, Matt was a producer of the 2005 Harvard Parody, an annual musical spoof of law school life and was involved with the Program on Negotiation.

During Matt’s two year fellowship he will serve as a clinical supervisor to students in the Negotiation & Mediation Clinic and as a Lecturer on Law in the Spring Negotiation Workshop at the law school.

The Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program is the first law school clinic in the nation to focus on projects related to conflict assessment and dispute systems design. Founded in 2006 by Professor Robert Bordone, the clinic seeks to train a new generation of lawyers to be creative problem solvers and dispute system architects. Clinical students are paired with outside organizations that encounter conflict situations and are looking for advice. Working closely with the client and the clinical supervisors, students assist in creating sustainable and equitable solutions to these problems.

For additional information, please visit our website at or contact Robert Bordone at

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