Jennifer Reynolds, an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Law School, will host a informal conversation on "What Does (or Should) an Ombudsman Do? Reflecting on the Ombudsman Role in Environmental Dispute Resolution and Beyond." The "fireside" conversation will take place September 16, 2009 and is open to the public (although most of the attendees are expected to be environmentally-minded law students). Reynolds plans to talk about Ombuds generally and specific needs within the EPA for Ombuds-like interventions. She says that the EPA is in the process of revising its "public liaison" program, which used to be its regional Ombuds program, and will discuss what a revamped liaison program might look like. (Oregon Law, Crisis and Collaboration Series.)
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