September 08, 2020

Programs Mark Ombuds Day 2020, Now Just One Month Away

The ABA Ombuds Committee website is posting links to events commemorating the third annual Ombuds Day on October 8, 2020. Organizers (led by Ken Skodacek, ABA Dispute Resolution Section, Ombuds Day Subcommittee Chair) aim to survey the full range of Ombuds practices. Several are online and open to the public.

Ombuds Day events currently include:
  • How the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Untangles the Complexity of U.S. Immigration, October 2, 2020 – 1-2 PM ET
    Presenters: Michael Dougherty, CIS Ombudsman; Fatimah Mateen, CIS Ombudsman
  • Taking Ombuds/Mediation Skills to the Protest, October 7, 2020 – 1-2 PM ET
    Presenters: Roy Baroff, North Carolina State University, Faculty & Staff Ombuds; D.A. Graham, The University of Kansas, University Ombuds
  • Ombuds Day – A Recognition of the Ombuds Profession & the Value of Ombuds, presented by the American Bar Association, October 8, 2020 (morning and afternoon sessions)
    Presenters: Chuck Howard, Executive Director, International Ombudsman Association, as well as a panel discussion with questions and answers with representatives from International Ombudsman Association, United States Ombudsman Association, Coalition of Federal Ombudsman, and National Association for State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
  • Handling Unreasonable Complaints as an Ombuds, presented by Salt River Project’s Consumer Affairs Ombudsman Office in collaboration with the United States Ombudsman Association, October 8, 2020 – 4-5:30 PM ET
    Presenters: Donald Sword, New South Wales, Australia
  • Ombuds: Adding Value by Addressing Matters of Impact, October 13, 2020 – 1-2:15 PM ET
    Presenters: Allison Monyei Whaley, Clemson University Ombudsman; and Melanie McNeil, State Long-Term Care Ombudsman at State of Georgia
  • Embracing Conflict: Organizational Ombuds on Campus, October 16, 2020 – 1-2:15 PM ET
    Presenters: Elizabeth Hill, University of Colorado Boulder Ombuds Office; Charles L Howard, Executive Director, International Ombudsman Association; Dawn Osborne-Adams, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University Ombuds; Steve Prevaux, University of South Florida, University Ombuds
  • How the Child Protection Ombudsman Helps Children and Families Navigate COVID-19, November 12, 2020 – 2-3 PM ET
    Presenters: Patrick Dowd, Washington Office of Family and Children’s Ombuds; Gala Goodwin, Montana Department of Justice, Child and Family Ombudsman; Jill Kehaulani, Minnesota Office of Ombudsperson for Families; Moria O’Neill, State of New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate; Stephanie Villafuerte, Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Office

Related posts: American Bar Association Passes Resolution in Support of Ombuds; Tool-Kit Offers Resources for Ombuds Day; ABA to Host Ombuds Day Reception in Washington, DC; State of Colorado to Observe Ombuds Day 2018; State of Connecticut Declares Ombuds Day 2018; Today is the First Ombuds Day!; Ombuds Day 2019 Gathers Momentum; Participation Surges for Second Annual Ombuds Day; Save the Date for Ombuds Day 2020Ombuds Day 2020 Resources Now Available.

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