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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 Spring Virtual Mini-Conference was held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, offering three hours of continuing legal education classes. NAHO's Autumn Virtual Mini-Conference will be held on Thursday, November 17, again providing three hour of continuing legal education classes.

NAHO's Annual Professional Development Conference will be held in person, August 7 through 10, in Chicago. It will offer 40 hours of continuing legal education classes over a period of four days. Completion of the entire conference would garner 15.5 hours of continuing legal education credits.

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

Receive a free $15 On-Demand Video Credit for a one-year renewal paid by January 31

Receive a free $30 On-Demand Video Credit - 3-year membership or renewal paid by March 1

Free 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

   2023 Professional     Development Conference

The National Judicial College 

September 10 - 13 Reno, NV

Created more than a half-century ago at the recommendation of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, The National Judicial College remains the only educational institution in the United States that teaches skills for presiding over administrative hearings to administrative hearing officials of all types from all over the country. 

The NJC’s headquarters in Reno houses an auditorium, classrooms, model courtroom, computer lab, multimedia room, resource center, discussion areas, and administrative space. All classrooms are equipped with Smart Classroom teaching technology that integrates computers, responder systems, audio/visual equipment, and sound systems. 

To ensure world-class education, the NJC prepares its volunteer faculty of administrative law judges and hearing officials, as well as paid professional experts such as law professors and security experts, by having both groups participate in a faculty development workshop. The workshops prepare instructors to teach adult learners.

NJC courses are often built around a “learn by doing” model that includes role playing, tests and quizzes, case studies, and learning games.

NAHO's venue for the 2023 Professional Development Conference is the Whitney Peak Hotel, in the heart of downtown Reno. It is Reno's only non-smoking and non-gaming luxury boutique property. It opened in 2014, and has recently remodeled its rooms and meeting spaces.

The hotel attributes its success to its unique features. Basecamp, a 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering gym—boasts the world’s tallest indoor climbing wall. Heritage is a farm to table restaurant in the hotel with a menu that changes alongside the seasons. The Cargo Concert Hall is a unique gateway to the sounds of Reno, and highlights the Reno music scene.

Enjoy networking with your colleagues at the Whitney Peak Hotel, ideally located at 225 Virginia Avenue within easy walking distance of restaurants, museums, theaters, parks, and and the River Walk! 

Benefitting Hearing Officials and the Individuals they Serve...

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January's One-Hour Webinar: 

Time & Caseload Management for Hearing Officials

Thursday, January 19

1:00 p.m. Eastern

12:00 p.m. Central

11:00 a.m. Mountain

10:00 a.m. Pacific

9:00 a.m. Alaska

7:00 a.m. Hawaii

Free of charge to current NAHO members

$30 fee for non-members

Advance Registration Required

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing an activity because there’s something you’d rather do or perceive to be more important. Cherry-picking is the act of delaying or postponing a difficult task and, instead, turning to tasks that can be done quickly and easily. Either can cause problems for hearing officials when statutory deadlines are imminent.

Most of us have fallen behind in our decision/order writing and had a backlog of cases waiting to be written up. There are ways to reduce a backlog, make better use of your time, and there are various approaches to do more work in less time. This class provides common-sense techniques and practical methods for preventing backlogs, as well as tips for keeping up with your workload that have been successful for other hearing officials.

Instructor Bios:

W. Michael Gillette, Associate Justice

Oregon Supreme Court (retired)

Mick holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A., cum laude, from Whitman College. He served as Deputy D.A. in Portland, Oregon, Assistant Attorney General for American Samoa, and Oregon Deputy Attorney General, founding head of the Oregon Consumer Protection Division, Chief Trial Counsel and Solicitor General for the Oregon Department of Justice, was on the Oregon Court of Appeals for 8 years and on the Oregon Supreme Court for 25 years. He has taught at the National Judicial College for over 40 years and is the 2006 recipient of NJC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and was adjunct faculty at both Lewis and Clark and Willamette University Schools of Law. He’s currently an appellate and administrative law specialist at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt in Portland.

Toni Boone, Administrative Law Judge

Nevada Dept. of Motor Vehicles (retired)

In her 31-year career as an ALJ, Judge Boone presided over thousands of cases in which she was the final authority and also conducted appellate review. In 2000, she was asked to join the National Judicial College (NJC) faculty and has taught in over 100 courses at NJC’s Reno campus, online, in NJC’s custom courses, and for state and federal agencies in more than 20 states. She’s also an NJC alumna, having attained Certificates of Judicial Development in Administrative Law and Dispute Resolution. She was the 2019 recipient of NJC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Judge Boone has long been an active NAHO member, previously serving as Regional Rep and Vice President. She achieved NAHO certification as a CALJ in 2009. She currently serves as NAHO’s President. 

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