August 24, 2018

Make Plans for the First Ombuds Day

The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Ombuds Committee has designated the second Thursday of October as Ombuds Day to coincide with Conflict Resolution Month and Mediation Week.

This year, Ombuds Day is October 11, 2018, and all ombuds are encouraged to celebrate the ombuds profession and use the day as an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of ombuds, highlight their value, and encourage greater use of ombuds programs. For those of you in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the ABA's Ombuds Day Task Force is hosting an informal reception from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on October 11, 2018, at the ABA's HQ in downtown DC. The event is free and open to non-ABA members. More details coming soon. 
The ABA Ombuds Day Task Force is finalizing a tool-kit containing resources and materials that ombuds may use as inspiration to host open houses, arrange for guest speakers, or any other ways to celebrate that come to mind! Information on how to access the tool-kit will be available by the end of August/beginning of September. 
A brief summary and description of Ombuds Day 2018 can be accessed here . For more information, if you'd like to find out how to get involved, or if you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Ombuds Day Task Force co-chairs Lauren Marx and Jon Lee. What will you do to celebrate ombuds day? Please send your event ideas or details to Jon and Lauren.
(Ombuds Day 2018 DescriptionABA DRS Ombuds Day.)

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  1. And then there is Conflict Resolution Day that has existed for years which falls on the third Thursday of each October. This year, it falls on October 18.

    1. "I have a bad feeling about this."

      But seriously, IOA has lost its management company and is issuing multiple RFP's for some of it's core activities. Meanwhile, regional groups (ENOHE, Midwest, Cal Caucus) are seeing robust growth. Then the ABA (Americanf#ckingBarAssociation!) proclaims Ombuds Day.

      I don't know what the problem is, but the symptoms are too many to ignore.

      -Angry Ombuds (aka Confused Ombuds)