Bob Bordone encourages students to settle for nothing less than the ‘Best. Job. Ever.’

This past spring, the HLS 2016 Class Marshals hosted their annual “Last Lecture” Series, presented every year by selected Harvard Law School faculty members who are invited to impart final words of wisdom on the graduating class. The final speaker in this year’s series was Bob Bordone, Thaddeus R. Beal clinical professor of law and director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, who spoke about a how a simple Facebook status update from 2013 prompted him to consider the elements of a successful career today.

Bob Bordone

Credit: Martha StewartIn speaking to students about their post-graduation aspriations, Bordone offered this reminder: “I don’t think there’s any job where, one hundred percent of the time you’re doing exactly what you want to be doing, but you do want your work to sing to you, and you do want the bulk of what you do to be really meaningful.”

In addition to teaching in the Harvard Negotiation Institute and the Harvard Program on Negotiation’s Senior Executive Education seminars, Bordone, who founded the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program in 2006, teaches several courses at Harvard Law School, including the school’s flagship Negotiation Workshop.

Over the course of his career, Bordone has received many awards, including the prestigious Albert Sacks-Paul Freund Teaching Award at Harvard Law School, presented annually to a member of the Harvard Law School faculty for teaching excellence, mentorship of students, and general contributions to the life of the Law School. In 2010, for his innovative work in creating and building the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, he received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution’s Problem Solving in the Law School Curriculum Award.

Other speakers in the 2016 series included Jeannie Suk GersenAnnette Gordon-Reed and Robert Sitkoff .