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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, color, 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.

NAHO Members: 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, you may reset it here: 


NAHO Annual Conference

               NAHO ONLINE                                     MINI-CONFERENCE                  April 21-22, 2021

           Watch this page and your              inbox for more information.



Professional Development Conferences:  NAHO's Spring Mini-Conference will be held online on April 21-22 offering at least three hours of continuing education classes on each day for administrative adjudicators and others involved in administrative law. NAHO's Annual Professional Development Conference will (hopefully) be held in person, September 12-15 in Philadelphia and will offer an array of instruction on current issues of interest to administrative adjudicators.

Certification: NAHO is the only 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 September, NAHO began holding monthly live Zoom Webinars which have been free of charge to all NAHO members.  These Webinars will continue, although not as frequently, even after the pandemic ends. 

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.

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. Monogrammed NAHO items will be 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.


Benefitting Hearing Officials and the Individuals they Serve...

Upcoming Online Presentations

Online and In-Person Security Recommendations for Administrative Adjudicators

Thursday, January 21 (90 minutes)   

10 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Mountain,      12 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Eastern

Free of charge to NAHO members

$30 fee for non-members

Among the topics covered in this class will be:

  • Security and safety measures of which to be aware when using any online conferencing platform 
  • Tips to prevent unwanted intrusions from outsiders during online hearings 
  • Dealing with hostility or aggression during hearings, whether online or in-person
  • Calming an angry or disruptive hearing participant, whether online or in-person
  • Deescalating volatile situations: What to do and what to say 
  • Threat assessment: determining who is dangerous 
  • Warnings for the wise: general recommendations for the safety and security of administrative adjudicators

Pre-registration is required. Recording this class is not allowed. 



Instructor: John Muffler                            Principal, Aequitas Global Security LLC          

This U.S. Marshals Service Chief Inspector (ret.) was the administrator of the National Center for Judicial Security, a national program that researched, trained, and assessed security measures and countermeasures for the global judicial community. He has lectured globally and is a faculty member of the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. John Muffler, U.S. Marshals Service 

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