2017 Lawrence Lecture and Negotiation Competition

2017 Lawrence Lecturer Brad Heckman presents Mediation on the Beat: Bringing conflict resolution skills to police departments

September 28 @ 12:10, Saxbe Auditorium Register Here!

Brad will explore his experience training hundreds of officers in the New York Police Department in mediation and dispute resolution as part of a program designed to rebuild civilian-police relationships.  The NYPD is working to hard-wire mediation skills into police training, and develop a vibrant partnership between community mediation centers and police precincts. Brad will highlight the challenges in training law enforcement during deeply divided times and discuss which mediation tactics are most useful in peacefully deescalating conflicts between police and civilians.

Brad is the founding Chief Executive Officer of New York Peace Institute, one of the largest community mediation services provides.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award and trained emerged women leaders from the Persian Gulf at SPS-Abu Dhabi. He served on the boards of the National Association for Community Mediation, the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, and was a founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.  Incorporating his own illustrations, pop culture, human, and theater–as can be seen in his TEDx Talk, Mindfully Getting in the MiddleBrad has trained labor unions, the NYPD, NASA, United Nations programs, emerging women leaders in the Persian Gulf, and corporations in more than twenty countries.

To be a really good negotiator, you have to try to figure out what the other person on the other side of the table has in mind. — Madeleine Albright

Brad’s interest in promoting peaceful dialogue began while he was teaching at a University in Poland in 1989, witnessing the transition from Soviet rule to democracy through round-table negotiations. He was previously a Vice President of Safe Horizon and served as International Director of Partners for Democratic Change, where he helped develop the first mediation centers in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, South Caucasus, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, TimeOut New York, NASH Radio, Telemundo, Univision and other media outlets.

As an illustrator, among Brad’s current projects is a series of portraits and peace-related quotes from artists, philosophers, musicians and other luminaries. His work will be featured locally at the Dayton International Peace Museum in Fall 2017.  Brad received a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College.

2017 Schedule of Events

  • TBD, 6 to 9 pm – Introduction to Negotiation with Langdon Fellow William Froehlich
  • September 28 @ 12:10 in Saxbe  Lawrence Lecture with Brad Heckman, CEO of New York Peace Institute. Register Here!
  • October 2 through 5 – Lawrence Negotiation Competition
  • October 3 @ 12:10 in Room 344  – Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution with ADR faculty and student groups

Every fall, Moritz students compete in the intramural Lawrence Negotiation Competition, named for James K.L. Lawrence (’65). The winners and runners-up in this week-long competition move on to Regional and National Negotiations Competitions, which the American Bar Association conducts.

During the competition, teams of two law students working as advocates for a fictitious client negotiate against one another. They are judged on their ability to work together, establish rapport with the opposing team, and maximize the interests of their client. Every team competes in the first two rounds, after which the competition becomes single elimination.

Working with the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program, the Program on Dispute Resolution enriches the competitors’ experience in two ways. First, the Program hosts a speaker with a distinguished career as a negotiator. Second, the Program conducts a negotiation workshop for students who have no prior experience in negotiating to introduce them to effective negotiation skills and strategies and to prepare them for the competition.

These events, together with the competition itself, create an engaging and stimulating learning experience for all participants.

Any Moritz student may participate in any aspect of the week-long event; those students pursuing the Certificate in Dispute Resolution may earn Externship hours through their participation.

 James K. L. Lawrence ’65

James K. L. Lawrence (’65) is a partner with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati. Following graduation from law school, he worked as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board. He left the Board to join his firm and, for more than 30 years, has practiced labor-relations and employment law. He is a skilled advocate in arbitration and an astute negotiator in collective bargaining and settlement discussions.

He has pursued vigorously the sustained study of dispute resolution materials at programs throughout the country, including the Program on Negotiation at Harvard, and has blended that study and practice into teaching courses in negotiation and mediation at Moritz and at the University of Cincinnati Law School.

He has given generously of his time, talent, guidance and resources to Moritz and our Program on Dispute Resolution over the years, so it is perfectly fitting that this expanded educational enterprise with Negotiation at its core be conducted in his name.