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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Hon. Elizabeth Figueroa has been sworn in as President of the National Association of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ) for the year 2019-2020. Judge Figueroa has been an administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings since 2006.

The NAALJ 2020 Annual Conference will be held in Washington, DC, October 4 – 7, 2020, and is co-sponsored with the District of Columbia Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (DCAALJ).

NAALJ was founded 45 years ago to improve the quality of administrative justice and improve the process of dispute resolution. Its mission is to “promote an impartial, independent, and professional administrative judiciary, adhering to high ethical standards and furthering the recognition and understanding of its necessary role in the function of government.” NAALJ is the largest professional association devoted exclusively to administrative adjudication within both the state and federal governments. There are now about 975 members in 50 states, the territories, and the District of Columbia. NAALJ’s membership includes nine state affiliate organizations whose members promote the NAALJ mission at the state and local level.

NAALJ’s accomplishments include adoption of a Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State Administrative Law Judges in November 1993, which has been a used as a model for states across the country to enact their own codes of judicial conduct, and creation of standards for the training of administrative adjudicators in conjunction with the American Bar Association, National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ).

In support of its mission, NAALJ holds annual educational conferences and mid-year educational conferences by web-ex. Members receive the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, which is published semi-annually by Pepperdine University School of Law and is a widely recognized scholarly publication focusing on developments affecting the administrative judiciary, as well as a newsletter that reports on administrative law topics.

For further information about the 2020 NAALJ Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct.4-7, 2020, see