We want to direct your attention to the upcoming Ombuds Day event on October 12, 2023. This will be the 6th recognition of Ombuds Day, and the theme is Diverse in Role, United in Service. This year’s event will include a free webinar entitled A Conversation with Thomas Zgambo, a long time and respected leader in the ombuds community. Under the steadfast leadership of Ryan Smith, Chair of the Ombuds Day Subcommittee, the impressive subcommittee has created an homage to the ombuds role that highlights both its diversity and unity. You can learn more about Ombuds Day, and find links to programming and other resources at www.OmbudsDay.com and the ABA Ombuds Day webpage.
We also want to make you aware of the exceptional work of the Ombuds Committee’s Legislative Task Force, which has been engaged in drafting an Organizational Ombuds Model Act. A Herculean effort years in the making, Natalie Fleury has deftly guided our esteemed Task Force through the drafting process. We will be showcasing their results in the upcoming year.
Our fellows, Marcus Stergio and Sareh Aghamiri, have contributed much to our committee during their tenure with us, complementing their professional development in the dispute resolution field. Marcus is also leading the process for requesting Ombuds Day proclamations across the nation. We thank them for their dedication to the committee and look forward to their continued involvement in the Committee and Section.
We appreciate the active members of the Ombuds Committee for their role in supporting our efforts in alignment with the Committee’s mission. The Committee is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about ombuds, including those that are currently serving as an ombuds as well as those that might not have experience serving in an ombuds role. We will continue to have opportunities for all to learn and contribute to the profession, including presentations, webinars, research, writing, and planning. If you have an interest in developing greater awareness and use of this powerful dispute resolution tool, we strongly encourage you to join or reach out to us!
Ken Skodacek and Meg Willoughby
Co-Chairs, Ombuds Committee,
ABA Dispute Resolution Section