January 04, 2009

Kaye Scholer Implements Ombuds Program

The Diversity Committee for the large international law firm has established an Ombuds Program for its attorneys. According to the firm's website,
The Ombuds Representatives are neutral confidants who advocate not for a specific individual, but for equity, fair process and compliance with firm policy and procedure. The program was established with a special emphasis on issues concerning women, minorities, sexual orientation and religion. The Ombuds Representatives are available, however, to assist all attorneys in resolving work-related concerns in an informal, confidential and impartial manner. The primary goal of the program is to improve the overall working environment at Kaye Scholer.

Although he is not a member of the Diversity Committee, Kaye Scholer partner Jay W. Waks chairs The International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Employment Committee and has promoted the use of ADR and Ombuds programs for employment disputes. (Kaye Scholer Diversity; CPR Public Policy Projects.)

It's a good sign when attorneys practice what they preach.

Related posts: Job Posting at DLA Piper; MoFo Partner Backs Ombuds as Remedy for Micro-Inequties.

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