Florrie Darwin has been a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School, teaching in the negotiation workshop. At HLS she has co-created and taught a course on “Negotiating Leadership,” and has worked as a mediator and trainer in the Harvard Mediation Program. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching negotiation at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law Masters Program.Also outside the U.S., Florrie teaches negotiation at the Faculty of Law at the University of Freiburg in Germany, and has taught in Switzerland at the University of St. Gallen and the University of Lucerne, and in Tokyo at the Sophia University Faculty of Law. She was a Visiting Professor at the French business school ESSEC, and she has also taught at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration and at the Ecole de Management in Bordeaux. She has trained lawyers and judges in mediation at the Institut Catholique in Paris.
Florrie has facilitated workshops for professionals at various corporations, including Coca Cola, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, First Data, Health Net, Suncor, and Exelon; for healthcare professionals at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Catalyst, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Partners Healthcare, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinics; for real estate professionals at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and for lawyers around the world, both in executive courses in the Harvard Negotiation Institute, at firms including Clifford Chance, Leboeuf Lamb, Shearman & Sterling, Milbank, Heenan Blaikie and Kim & Chang, and for organizations including the International Bar Association and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She created and facilitated Advanced Negotiation Workshops for the European Commission in Brussels and for diplomats in the United Nations; trained government and civic leaders in conflict resolution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and provides conflict resolution training to international groups of young people through the organization Seeds of Peace.
Florrie is former chair of the Cambridge Planning Board, which reviews and adjudicates land use planning matters for the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and of the Cambridge Rent Control Board. She practiced law with the firm of Hill & Barlow in Boston, principally in the area of real estate development, and has been a mediator in small claims courts. She is trustee of the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust, a state-certified mediator, and a member of the Harvard Mediation Program Advisory Board. She graduated with honors from Columbia University and the Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.