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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.


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 September of 2020, NAHO began holding monthly live Zoom Webinars which have been free of charge to all NAHO members.  These Webinars will continue 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 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 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 Conferences

 Register Now for the NAHO         2021 Mid-Year Virtual        Professional Development             Conference          

April 21-22, 2021, via Zoom, from:    12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern                    11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central                    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mountain                 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific                        

Cost for Members:           $  65.00

Cost for Non-Members:  $135.00 (includes NAHO membership through 12-31-2021 with access to free, live webinars and reduced member registration fees for NAHO's Annual Professional Development Conference October 31 to November 3, in Philadelphia)

Videos of all sessions of NAHO's 2021 Mid-Year Virtual Conference will remain available on the event website for viewing by conference registrants through May 31.   

To view:                                                                   Conference schedule                                  Class descriptions                                        Instructor biographies                      click on Professional Development above and select 2021 Mid-Year Virtual Conference from the dropdown menu.


 For group registration assistance,    call (800) 937-8728





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...

Upcoming Online Presentations

Hearing Challenges

  Thursday, June 17 (90 minutes)   

 1 p.m. Eastern       12 p.m. Central   11 am. Mountain  10 a.m. Pacific    9 a.m. Alaska         8 a.m. Hawaii

Free of charge to NAHO members

        $30 fee for non-members

Class Description:

It is not possible to predict every challenge that might arise for an administrative adjudicator in every administrative hearing that he, she, or they might conduct.  With the advice and assistance of an experienced ALJ, it is possible to anticipate many problems and to prepare, in advance, to deal with them.

Topics to be covered in this class include, but are not limited to:

  • Skills for anticipating and solving problems that may arise;
  • Hearing management techniques that may be necessary in unusual situations; 
  • Methods for maintaining control of the hearing in challenging circumstances;
  • Procedures to ensure that the hearing record is clear and complete, regardless of what arises in the hearing; and
  • How to apply these skills, techniques, methods, and procedures in the hearings you conduct.


District Chief ALJ Jennifer Gee (retired)  

Judge Gee served as the District Chief Judge with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Administrative Judges in San Francisco from 2007 to 2019, presiding over formal hearings under 84 diverse, labor-related sections of the federal code. She has been a judge since 1982, serving with the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, hearing personnel-related cases, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals for the Social Security Administration, hearing Social Security disability benefits cases.

Before becoming a judge, she spent eight years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley and Juris Doctor from UC-Berkeley’s School of Law. She is a past president of the California/Nevada Women Judges Association and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Judges.

Judge Gee has served as faculty for The National Judicial College (NJC) since 1994. She was awarded the NJC's Robert Payant Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018. 


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