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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 Annual Professional Development Conference will be held in person, September 10 through 13 at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. Two to three different class sessions will be offered for each hour of the conference, with almost forty hours of CLE-quality class from which to choose. Completion of the entire conference would garner 17 hours of continuing legal education credits.

NAHO offers one Virtual Mini-Conference each year offering three hours of continuing legal education classes.

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.

Renew for 2023

Free MCLE 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

   There's still time to register for the 2023 Professional     Development Conference

The National Judicial College 

September 10 - 13 Reno, NV

NAHO's venue for the 2023 Professional Development Conference is the National Judicial College. NAHO will be accepting registration for the 2023 Professional Development Conference until noon on Monday, September 11. Walk-up registrations are welcome.

NAHO's primary for the 2023 Professional Development Conference is the Whitney Peak Hotel, which is now full.  However, NAHO has been able to obtain overflow lodging at The Row, which is less than 300 feet from the Whitney Peak Hotel.

To obtain lodging at NAHO's special rate, call Michele at 888-889-9338 and ask for a reservation at the Silver Legacy for the National Association of Hearing Officials conference. You may also make online reservations for the Silver Legacy at:

Both hotels are conveniently located within easy walking distance of restaurants, museums, theaters, parks, and the River Walk! 

Benefitting Hearing Officials and the Individuals they Serve...

Please make sure we have your current email address on file! You can update your email address anytime by logging into the NAHO website and updating your profile.  If you have forgotten your password, click the icon below to reset.  

Registration for the 2023 NAHO Professional Development Conference at the National Judicial College is STILL AVAILABLE!


40 different CLE classes from which to choose including:

  • Four different one-hour Ethics classes
  • Basic & Advanced Decision Writing
  • Credibility Assessment Factors
  • Addressing Gender Identity in Hearings
  • Both Basic & Advanced Evidence classes
  • Mock Hearing Scenarios With Discussion
  • Reacting to Active Assailant Situation
  • Prehearing Motions & Discovery
  • Boundaries of Hearing Official Authority
  • De-Escalating Contentious Hearings
  • Best Practices for Handling Remands
  • Identifying Dispositive Issues
  • Handling Hearings With Self-Represented
  • Managing Complex Hearings
  • Lay & Expert Opinion Evidence
  • Administrative Law Case Update
  • Time Management for Adjudicators

for a total of 19 hours of MCLE credit hours.


Specialized classes to be offered will include:

  • Conducting Fair & Equitable Student Disciplinary Hearings
  • Nursing Facility Discharge Hearings
  • What Student Discipline Hearing Officers Should Know About Special Education
  • What ALJs Should Know About Special Education Hearings
  • Legal Research for Non-Lawyers
  • SNAP Benefit Hearings

For the full conference schedule, CLICK HERE.

Download the conference brochure below:

Conference Materials are NOW available! Click HERE to download the Zip File. 

Members click HERE to review the Notice of Proposed REVISED BYLAWS

of the National Association of Hearing Officials.

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