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Welcome to NAHO

The National Association of Hearing Officials, Inc., is a professional nonprofit organization formed in 1987 comprised of individuals involved in the process of administrative adjudication. The twelve-member Board of Directors is elected by NAHO's membership and represents all sections of the country and a variety of administrative jurisdictions.

The mission of the National Association of Hearing Officials is to improve the fairness and effectiveness of the administrative hearing process, thus benefiting hearing officials, their employing agencies, and the individuals those agencies serve by:                                                 ~promoting professionalism;                 ~offering instruction on sound administrative adjudication practices and procedures;   ~providing year-round continuing legal and adjudicative education;                                         ~affording a national forum for discussion of important issues; and                                         ~furnishing leadership concerning the administrative hearing process.

NAHO does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, political affiliation, gender, gender expression, age, national origin/ethnicity, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. NAHO's membership reflects racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.


Professional Development Conferences: 

NAHO's Spring Virtual Mini-Conference was held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, offering three hours of continuing legal education classes. NAHO's Autumn Virtual Mini-Conference will be held on Thursday, November 17, again providing three hour of continuing legal education classes.

NAHO's Annual Professional Development Conference will be held in person, August 7 through 10, in Chicago. It will offer 40 hours of continuing legal education classes over a period of four days. Completion of the entire conference would garner 15.5 hours of continuing legal education credits.

Certification: NAHO is the only national organization of administrative hearing officials which has a certification program for Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers. Upon successful completion of the educational and professional requirements and approval by the NAHO Board, a three-year certification is granted which can be renewed simply by keeping current on training in administrative adjudication.

Webinars:  NAHO is providing six free one-hour continuing legal education webinars to its members during 2022. The first three webinars were in January, April, and May. 
The three remaining CLE webinars will be held on Thursday, September 15, Thursday, October 20, and Thursday, December 15. (NAHO's webinars are always held on the third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain, and 10:00 a.m. Pacific to make it convenient for members to schedule their ongoing CLE classes around their business dockets.)

On-Demand Instruction: NAHO maintains a library of videos recorded from Professional Development Conferences and Webinars, which can be accessed online for a small fee. Viewing NAHO videos may also qualify for education credits toward NAHO certification and for self-study CLE credits in some states.

Customized Group Training: An agency may request customized training for their member-adjudicators in a particular area of administrative law or on specialized subjects. Presently, these are scheduled as webinars, with on-site training to resume in the future.

The NAHO News: NAHO's periodic newsletter keeps members informed about NAHO's activities and upcoming events. Members are encouraged to contribute articles of interest to administrative adjudicators.

Social Media Presence: Members can connect with NAHO by following NAHO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 

NAHO Merchandise: Merchandise with the NAHO logo has long been available to members attending its in-person conferences. It will soon be available via the NAHO website. NAHO-logoed items include t-shirts, caps, padfolios, lapel pins, and face masks. Personalized, monogrammed NAHO items are available by special order.

Networking: NAHO is in the process of updating its website with new features to connect members.  Members will be able to access the email address of other members who conduct the same or similar types of hearings. There will also be a members-only blog on which members can share their comments on current events of interest to administrative adjudicators.

Info for Renewing Members | Kent Chamber of Commerce

Renew for 2023

$15 On-Demand Video Credit - 1 year paid by January 31

$30 On-Demand Video Credit - 3 year paid by March 1

Free Webinars, Member Discounts for Virtual and In-Person Conferences

Questions?  Please contact your Regional Representative or Marilyn Slifman. 

We're always accepting new members!

NAHO Conferences

   2023 Professional     Development Conference

The National Judicial College 

September 10 - 13 Reno, NV

Created more than a half-century ago at the recommendation of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, The National Judicial College remains the only educational institution in the United States that teaches skills for presiding over administrative hearings to administrative hearing officials of all types from all over the country. 

The NJC’s headquarters in Reno houses an auditorium, classrooms, model courtroom, computer lab, multimedia room, resource center, discussion areas, and administrative space. All classrooms are equipped with Smart Classroom teaching technology that integrates computers, responder systems, audio/visual equipment, and sound systems. 

To ensure world-class education, the NJC prepares its volunteer faculty of administrative law judges and hearing officials, as well as paid professional experts such as law professors and security experts, by having both groups participate in a faculty development workshop. The workshops prepare instructors to teach adult learners.

NJC courses are often built around a “learn by doing” model that includes role playing, tests and quizzes, case studies, and learning games.

NAHO's venue for the 2023 Professional Development Conference is the Whitney Peak Hotel, in the heart of downtown Reno. It is Reno's only non-smoking and non-gaming luxury boutique property. It opened in 2014, and has recently remodeled its rooms and meeting spaces.

The hotel attributes its success to its unique features. Basecamp, a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering gym—boasts the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall. Heritage is a farm to table restaurant in the hotel with a menu that changes alongside the seasons. The Cargo Concert Hall is a unique gateway to the sounds of Reno, and highlights the Reno music scene.

Enjoy networking with your colleagues at the Whitney Peak Hotel, ideally located at 225 Virginia Avenue within easy walking distance of restaurants, museums, theaters, parks, and and the River Walk! 

Benefitting Hearing Officials and the Individuals they Serve...

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      November's Virtual         Mini-Conference

Thursday, November 17

11:00 a.m. Eastern

10:00 a.m. Central

9:00 a.m. Mountain

8:00 a.m. Pacific

NAHO's November mini-conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, with breaks between classes.

Three one-hour classes will be presented:

Building Bench Skills: Ruling on Objections Judge Mary Long                                                    Ruling on objections need not cause anxiety. While the rules of evidence vary somewhat from one jurisdiction to another, the objections we hear are pretty much the same. Knowing what to do and, perhaps as importantly, what the objecting party must do and when, will help you hold fair hearings for all parties while producing a better record for any subsequent review.

Ethics: Remaining Independent and Neutral Chief Hearing Officer Peter Halbach  Hearing officials, by conducting hearings, resolve disputes between government agencies and the public they serve. If hearings are to be fair, hearing officials must base their decisions solely on the facts and the law, without being influenced by the desire of the agency to receive a favorable outcome. How can hearing officials be wholly impartial n cases involving agencies which pay their salaries? This class will include real-life examples of what not to do from hearing officials who should have known better.

Interrupting Racial, Ethnic, & Gender Biases Prof. Christine Chambers Goodman                This session will explain implicit bias and provide examples of its subtle manifestations. After review of anti-discrimination laws and statistics, we will discuss specific race, gender, and ethnic biases in legal proceedings with these three objectives in mind: (1) show hearing officials how to identify manifestations of implicit bias; (2) provide concrete strategies for reducing their own biases; and (3) demonstrate communication tips for addressing and responding to biases in others.

Instructor Bios:

Judge Mary Long 

Judge Long presides over matters involving Pennsylvania public utilities, including electric, gas, water, wastewater, telephone, transportation, and railroad crossings. Before her appointment to the PUC, she was counsel to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board and clerked for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Joseph T. Doyle. She graduated magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law, now known as the Commonwealth Law School. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Pittsburgh. She is NAHO's Northeast Region Representative.

CHO Peter Halbach 

Chief Halbach has a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. After working for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office for 5 years, he entered private practice in North Dakota. He served many years as a part-time prosecutor and as an adjunct college instructor in paralegal and peace officer training programs. Chief Halbach became a Hearing Officer for the Department of Transportation in 2003 and became Chief Hearing Officer in 2015. He also serves as a municipal judge in North Dakota. He joined NAHO in 2006 and became a NAHO Certified Hearing Official in 2011. He is a regular presenter at NAHO conferences and webinars and served as NAHO's Mountain Region Representative for four years. He is currently serving as Vice President of NAHO.

Professor Christine Chambers Goodman  Professor Goodman joined the Pepperdine Law School faculty in 2001, teaching Evidence, Constitutional Law, Racial Justice, Trial Practice, and Comparative Anti-Discrimination Law. Professor Goodman writes on equal protection topics, including implicit bias, algorithmic bias, affirmative action, preferences, diversity, and racial privacy, as well as evidentiary and criminal law issues. She is the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and Secretary of LACBA’s Diversity in the Profession Section, as well as Treasurer of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations.  She serves as Chair of the AALS Litigation and is a frequent speaker on diversity, equity, inclusion, and bias.

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