June 13, 2018

Stanford University Finally Hires Campus Ombuds

After an eight-month search that required two interim office holders, Stanford  has selected Brenda Berlin as its next University Ombuds.  Berlin is new to ADR and the Ombuds role. For the past two decades, she has worked at Duke Law School, where she is currently Clinical Professor of Law and Chair of the Public Interest & Public Service Certificate Advisory Board.  She starts in September and succeeds David Rasch, who retired last year. (Jim Laflin continues as the Ombuds for Stanford's School of Medicine.)

Berlin graduated from Duke University and earned her JD at Stanford Law School.  She worked in the legal field for about a decade before starting at Duke. Berlin clerked for a federal judge in California, worked as a staff attorney for the Justice Department and the DC Legal Aid Society. (LinkedIn; Duke Law Bio.)

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  1. Gotta like an ombuds breaking into the profession at such a prominent level and institution.

  2. They appear to have changed the organizational structure so that the ombuds is reporting a couple of levels down from the head of the institution. Not consistent with IOA standards.