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Harvard Mediation Program

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Students mediate Harassment Prevention Orders

On a brisk, sunny morning in April, dozens of people crowd into the tiny Second Session courtroom at Quincy District Court. Some are represented by lawyers, but most are not. They are here because they are parties in Harassment Prevention Order (HPO) cases. Some are asking the judge for an order to stem the tide of animosity between neighbors that has been festering for years while others are asking the judge for an order to prevent former friends and/or family members from harassing them at their homes, places of work, or on social media. Because HPO cases almost always involve complex personal relationships and high emotions, they are some of the most difficult cases for judges to handle.

Today, though, the judge has a unique option at his disposal to assist parties seeking an HPO. Sitting at the edge of the courtroom are two student mediators from the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP).

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Harvard Mediation Program celebrates 30 years of students resolving conflicts

After studying law and mediation in the People’s Republic of China post-college, David G. Seibel ’97 was eager to find the best training possible in alternative dispute resolution. He chose HLS in large part because of the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), a Student Practice Organization which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary of training students and community volunteers to mediate disputes in small claims court and other settings.

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Are you a community member interested in learning about mediation?

If so, learn more about training opportunities designed for you.

Mediation training resources outside the Boston area

Mediation training programs are in abundance throughout the U.S. For information on opportunities in your area, please visit the Association for Conflict Resolution and/or the National Association for Community Mediation websites.

Last modified: July 24, 2014

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