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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.

NAHO Conferences





Join NAHO this fall in Philadelphia for resumption of its Annual Professional Development Conference, just in time to see peak fall colors and enjoy a daily temperature in the 60s. The host hotel for the conference is the newly-opened Element Hotel, in the heart of the arts and retail district and directly across from the city's beautiful, historic City Hall. The hotel is only a few blocks from Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted. Nearby is Franklin Court, a complex of museums, structures and historic sites at the place where Benjamin Franklin had his Philadelphia residence.

NAHO will again offer three different classes for each hour of the conference; thus, attendees may choose from over 40 different topics, acquiring up to 18 hours of MCLE credits. 

NAHO conferences provide educational sessions on 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 adjudicators. 

Come network with your fellow administrative adjudicators this fall in beautiful, historic Philadelphia at the 2021 National Association of Hearing Officials Professional Development Conference, October 31 through November 3.

Benefitting Hearing Officials and the Individuals they Serve...


Good news! NAHO has decided to extend its Early Bird Conference Registration rates through 11:59 p.m. on October 24. However, please make your hotel reservations by 11:59 p.m. on October 15, as rooms are only available at the GSA's federal per diem rate until then.

2021 Conference presenters include:

·         Hon. Mary Hannah Leavitt of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania

·         Hon. W. Michael Gillette of the Oregon Supreme Court

·         Prof. Greg Ogden of the Pepperdine University School of Law,

·         Prof. Jill Family, Director, Law & Government Inst., Commonwealth Law School, Widener University

·         Jeffrey J. Nolan, Esq., of Holland & Knight, Boston, nationally recognized expert on Title IX

Our host hotel is near historic sites, restaurants, and bistros. It will be a great conference.  Don't miss it!

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 for the LIVE, IN-PERSON*

2021 NAHO Annual Professional Development Conference 

Element Hotel in Philadelphia     October 31 through November 3


  • Over 50 hours of MCLE instruction from which to choose to interest and educate administrative hearing officials, practitioners, and others involved in the administrative hearing process;
  • Course offerings covering general areas of administrative hearings practice such as credibility assessment, due process, ethics, implicit bias, conducting legal research, decision writing, evidence (basic and advanced), diversity, equity and inclusion, appellate judicial review, hearsay, qualifying expert witnesses, and many more topics, taught by law professors, appellate judges or knowledgeable, experienced administrative adjudicators who are also skilled presenters;
  • Presentations on hearing management including hearings involving persons who are self-represented, have mental health issues, or have “high conflict” behavioral disorders.
  • Sessions covering specific types of administrative hearings, such as SNAP (Nutrition Assistance) Intentional Program Violation Hearings, Medicaid Disability hearings, Title IX hearings, Special Education/IDEA hearings, and Student Discipline hearings; and
  • Mock hearings and facilitated discussions on emerging topics in administrative law.

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*There are no plans to stream any of the classes at the conference for live, online viewing. However, video recordings of some conference sessions will be available to rent through NAHO's On-Demand Learning Library following the conference, as is always the case.

Conference Materials are Now Available!

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*will download via ZIP Files

The Conference Brochure is NOW Available!

(UPDATED AS OF 9/1/21) 

Get to Know the Faculty! 

(UPDATED 9/20/21)

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