Appleton Named University's First Ombuds

Susan Frelich Appleton, the Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor Law, has been appointed Washington University’s first Ombuds. As the primary Ombuds, she will facilitate with the informal resolution or management of faculty-related conflicts or concerns on the Danforth Campus.

Appleton will be serving for the pilot phase of the University’s new Ombuds Office, which will serve faculty members with appointments on the Danforth Campus. Professor Emeritus of Political Science James W. Davis will serve as her associate. The purpose of the new office is to provide a confidential place for faculty members to voice concerns, acquire information, and consider ways to solve problems. The Ombuds Office will follow the Standards of Practice and Ethical Principles of the International Ombudsman Association, including confidentiality, independence, neutrality, and informality. The Ombuds Office will also provide general information to University officials, including the Faculty Senate Council, on trends and patterns of complaints to prevent such problems from escalating or recurring.

A nationally known expert in family law, Appleton is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), where she holds the office of Secretary and serves on the ALI Council. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the American Bar Foundation. At the law school, she served as associate dean of faculty for six years.