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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 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





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...



Nominations will be accepted from August 1 to August 30, 2021, for officers and regional representatives to serve a two-year term from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023.  There are ten elected positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and six Regional Representatives. See the NAHO By-Laws for more information about the duties of officers and regional representatives.

All nominations must include the nominee’s name and a brief biography; self-nominations are welcome. Nominations may be sent by email to Janice Deshais, or mailed to the National Association of Hearing Officials, PO Box 492286, Lawrenceville, GA 30049.  

Nominations must be received by midnight EDT on August 30, 2021; if mailed, submissions must be postmarked by that date.

Upcoming Online Presentations

Judicial Demeanor

  Thursday, July 15 (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:

Headlines and bar association journals across the nation have recently reported the names of administrative judges, as well as judges in the traditional court system, who have been disciplined or were forced to leave their positions for displaying demeanor that was inappropriate. Exactly what demeanor is appropriate? What does “judicial demeanor” entail? Further, how does an adjudicator maintain the proper judicial demeanor when faced with warring parties and contentious counsel? Courtroom (or hearing room) civility seems to be a thing of the past, yet every code and canon of ethics and professional conduct require us to deport ourselves in the proper manner despite what others may do. Join us for a practical look at the importance of maintaining a cordial, yet dignified temperament, realistic instruction on how to do so, and a review of the ethics canons which require us to provide “judicial demeanor.” This class should qualify for Ethics MCLE credits in most, if not all, states.

Instructor:  Richard Murrell, CALJ Administrative Procedures Division      Office of Tennessee Secretary of State

Judge Murrell holds a J.D. from University of Memphis, a B.A., cum laude, from Harding University and was in private practice for 18 years before serving as Assistant Attorney with the General Civil Division of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.

In 2005, he joined the Workers’ Compensation Bureau serving as an Administrative Judge and Director of Quality Assurance.

He earned the designation of Certified Administrative Law Judge through NAHO in 2013.

In 2018, he was appointed as an Administrative Judge with the Office of the Secretary of State Administrative Procedures Division and completed training in conducting administrative proceedings at the National Judicial College.

He is a trained mediator and has also been trained to hear Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) cases. Judge Murrell serves on the NAHO Board, the Certification Committee, and is a regular presenter at NAHO conferences.


Non-members will receive an invoice for $30 to pay online after registering, or email Marilyn Slifman here about joining NAHO to attend this Webinar at no charge.


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