National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ)

The NCALJ represents the administrative law judiciary within the Judicial Division. It works to enhance the status and competence of the administrative judiciary and to promote the quality, efficiency and delivery of justice through the operation of the administrative justice system.

NCALJ News and Updates

Congress approves language supporting ALJ independence

October 2018 - ABA Washington Letter. The language, which the ABA urged be included, states that is it vital that ALJs be “independent, impartial, and selected based on their qualifications.”

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Supreme Court Holds ALJ Appointment Procedure at SEC Unconstitutional

By Erik A. Christiansen – September 6, 2018, Litigation News. Circuit split resolved, impacting all federal agencies.

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ABA President’s Statement on Independence of Immigration Judges

ABA President Bob Carlson says, “The rule of law rests on work of impartial, independent immigration judges & knowledgeable, hard-working lawyers who pursue justice, both for the government and for immigrants who seek asylum.”

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ABA HOD Adopts Model Code for State ALJs

At the 2018 Annual Meeting in, the ABA House of Delegates passed Resolution 113, adopting the updated Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State Administrative Law Judges dated August 2018, as applied to members of the administrative judiciary. In addition, the ABA urges state, local, and territorial governments to enact and adopt ethical principles applicable to the administrative judiciary, as defined herein, in accordance with the Model Code.

2018 Model Code of Judicial Conduct for State Administrative Law Judges

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Perhaps the best way NCALJ members work together professionally and socially to meet the Conference's goals is through committee participation which provides a lively and open forum for debate, analysis and education. Through the work and dedication of committees, NCALJ gives you access to other judges from across the country with common, as well as diverse, interests and goals.

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