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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 Mid-Year Web Conference will be held online on April 21-22, 2021, offering more than six hours of continuing education classes over two days.

NAHO's Annual Professional Development Conference will be held in person, October 31 through November 3, in Philadelphia. It will offer an array of instruction on current issues of interest to administrative adjudicators.

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:  In 2020, after the pandemic began, NAHO began holding monthly live Zoom Webinars which were free of charge to all NAHO members. Post-pandemic, NAHO will offer at least six webinars per year that will remain free for NAHO members. 

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


NAHO Members,  it is time to renew your membership. Last year, NAHO's membership grew to 369 total members, thanks to you! We hope to increase that number in 2022. 

If you have any questions about your renewal, please contact your Regional Representative or Marilyn Slifman. 

And as always, we are accepting new members! 

Thank you and Happy New Year! 

NAHO Conferences

   NAHO 2022 Professional     Development Conference 

August 7 - 10      Chicago

NAHO is excited to announce that its next Professional Development Conference will be at the historic Pendry Hotel at 230 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The hotel is located on the Magnificent Mile, just steps from its famous shopping district, a block from the Chicago River, and only a couple of blocks from Millennium Park. A number of museums, bistros, and restaurants are within easy walking distance. 

The Pendry Hotel is one of the best examples of Art Deco architecture in the nation. Inside, it is newly redesigned and beautifully appointed. It has two excellent restaurants, including one on the 24th floor with alfresco rooftop dining. 

NAHO will again offer three different classes for each hour of the conference; thus, attendees may choose from over 50 different topics, acquiring up to 18 hours of MCLE credits over the three-day conference.

NAHO instructional presentations are designed for ALJs and other administrative adjudicators, Chief ALJs, Board or Commission Members, attorneys whose practice is in administrative law, and agency administrators and representatives who wish to expand their knowledge of the process of administrative adjudication.

This conference will provide sessions on the latest issues in administrative law, ethics, interrupting and reducing implicit bias, best practices for presiding over hearings, decision writing, evidence, and many more valuable topics.

NAHO's quality faculty includes law professors recognized as experts in administrative law, appellate judges, attorneys, and experienced administrative law judges. 

Enjoy networking with your colleagues at this venue, ideally suited for an instructional conference of this type, as well as sight-seeing, shopping, and socializing.

Benefitting Hearing Officials and the Individuals they Serve...

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NAHO's May Webinar:

  How to Hire the    Best People

(Especially in the Field   of Administrative Law)


Thursday, May 19 (one hour) 

Eastern        1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central      12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Mountain 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Pacific       10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Everyone wants to hire the best candidate for that open position, especially  when the opening is for a person to serve as an impartial trier of fact—a representative of justice in the system of administrative adjudication.

Nowadays, the average government employee remains in a position for about 6 years. The hiring of administrative adjudicators is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Justice expects to increase the number of immigration ALJs by 50%. Several cities  and at least one state have turned their traffic courts over to civil traffic infraction hearing officers. The range, diversity, and number of cases on administrative dockets is ever-increasing. More frequent turnover and more openings for hearing officials means competition for the best is tough. Hiring more hearing officials also means hiring more support staff.

The best persons for your openings are probably working in other jobs—not looking for work. How do you advertise for and recruit those people? How do find workers with the right skill set? How do you screen applicants to select those you want to interview? What traits make a candidate a good fit for your office?  

We’ll address these questions in this month’s webinar, with special emphasis on attracting those with the skills, knowledge, and temperament to work with the public in administrative agencies and do the challenging work of conducting administrative hearings.

Instructor: Toni Boone, ALJ (retired)

In her 31-year career as an ALJ, Judge Boone presided over thousands of cases in which she was the final authority, as well as conducting appellate review. She began teaching criminal (traffic) and administrative law at community colleges and police academies in 1995. In 2000, she was asked to join the National Judicial College (NJC) faculty and has taught in more than 100 courses at NJC’s Reno campus, online, and in NJC’s custom courses for state and federal agencies in more than 20 states. She’s also an NJC alumna, having attained Certificates of Judicial Development in Administrative Law and Dispute Resolution. She was the 2019 recipient of NJC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Judge Boone has long been an active NAHO member, previously serving as Regional Rep and Vice President. She achieved NAHO certification as a CALJ in 2009. She currently serves as NAHO’s President. She is an alumna of the University of Arkansas where she was a Truman Scholar and a member of Golden Key International Honor Society. Her undergraduate degrees were in Criminal Justice and Social Work.

Registration Fees:    

  NAHO Members: free of charge Non-Members: $30 

        REGISTER HERE                            


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