Roger Fisher, the Samuel Williston Professor of Law (Emeritus) at Harvard Law School, who had a special connection with the Toronto legal community, died on Saturday at the age of 90.
Fisher, a world-renowned master of negotiation,?spent nearly 50 years studying, writing about and teaching negotiation. He?co-authored of the classic textbook on win-win negotiation, Getting to Yes, Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In,?founded the Harvard Negotiation Project in 1979 and co-founded the non-profit Conflict Management Group in 1984. He made enormous contributions to the ending of wars, to the ending of South African apartheid, and to peace efforts in the Middle East.
Twenty-six Canadian and international organizations, led by The Advocates? Society, The Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association and the ADR Institute of Canada, paid tribute to Roger Fisher five years ago in Toronto, holding a public event which was called ?The Roger Fisher Tribute?.?At the time, The Roger Fisher Negotiation Training Scholarship was established. It is awarded annually to provide negotiation training for a person in Ontario who would not otherwise be able to obtain such training, benefitting not only the scholarship recipients but the organizations with which they are involved. This past April, The Advocates? Society established The Roger Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize and celebrate people who have made outstanding contributions to Alternative Dispute Resolution in Canada over the course of their careers.
?Roger has been a meaningful presence in my life, and in the lives of so many,? says Barry Leon of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall. ?To leave this place having made the contributions he made, and to leave the living legacy that he leaves, is truly incredible.?