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Ombuds Day Launched by ABA Dispute Resolution Section

October 11, 2018

The American Bar Association (ABA) Dispute Resolution Section has declared the second Thursday of October as Ombuds Day, with the first one on October 11, 2018. The goal of Ombuds Day is to raise awareness of the ombuds profession and the important roles that ombuds play. Ombuds programs are informal channels through which constituents can safely raise and discuss issues without fear of retaliation; many programs are designed to be impartial, independent and confidential.

The ABA is hosting an inaugural celebration in Washington, DC, which will feature opening remarks by Shipman & Goodwin partner and General Counsel Charles L. Howard as well as table discussions with different types of prominent ombuds from a variety of industries.

The Governors of Colorado and Connecticut, along with various mayors, have issued proclamations declaring today as Ombuds Day in their states and cities. (To read the proclamation from the Governor of Connecticut, click here.)

“Shipman & Goodwin is proud to be one of the few law firms in the country that has an Ombuds Program available to all lawyers and staff,” said Mr. Howard, who  served as Chair or Co-Chair of the ABA’s Dispute Resolution Ombuds Committee from 2013-2018. He is also the author of The Organizational Ombudsman: Origins, Roles and Operations - A Legal Guide.

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