About Us

Who We Are

The National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary is comprised of federal and state administrative law judges, board of contract appeals judges and hearing officers, and other administrative adjudicators within the federal, state and local executive branch of government.

Our Mission

NCALJ's mission is 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. It concentrates its efforts on improving the administrative judiciary at all levels of government by quickly and effectively responding to crucial issues affecting all administrative law judges. Serving as the national voice of the administrative judiciary, NCALJ strives to be the most reliable, respected, balanced and unbiased source for making recommendations on behalf of the administrative judiciary in all areas of concern, including judicial independence, professionalism, procedures, management, education, selection, tenure, compensation and public understanding of judicial functions within the executive branch of government. NCALJ has played a leading role in defining, supporting and maintaining the independence of the administrative judiciary. It strives to develop programs and address issues to achieve greater efficiency, procedural uniformity and economic stability for everyone involved with this specialized government sector.

Issues of Importance

As legislators and government executives seek to streamline spending and maximize value, laws and regulations must be tailored to accommodate these changes. Balancing budgets, downsizing, right sizing and reducing are terms that are all too familiar to our nation's workers. They, too, affect the judiciary and NCALJ has served as the ALJ's voice in developing guidelines for appropriate facilities, staff support, working conditions and compensation.


  • NCALJ Bylaws
    NCALJ is governed by its bylaws, last amended in 2010.

  • NCALJ Discussion Group
    The NCALJ e-mail discussion group provides a forum for members of to share information, seek advice and obtain professional support.

  • NCALJ Strategic Plan (2018)
    The NCALJ strategic plan and implementation form helps to constantly guide the Conference initiatives.


NCALJ Executive Committee

Chair: Hon. Judson Scott, Bee Cave, TX
Chair-Elect: Hon. Robert S. Cohen, Tallahassee, FL
Vice-Chair: Hon. H. Alexander Manuel, Arlington, VA
Secretary: Hon. John Allen, IV, Chicago, IL

Executive Committee Members:
2019 Hon. Emily Chafa, Johnston, IA
2019 Hon. Joan Churchill, Chevy Chase, MD
2019 Hon. Lorraine Lee, Olympia, WA
2019 Hon. Henry Hamilton, West Des Moines, IA

2020 Hon. Michael Brownfield, Valley Head, AL
2020 Hon. Dean Metry, Galveston, TX
2020 Hon. Kristin Rosi, San Francisco, CA
2020 Hon. David Welch, Washington, DC

Immediate Past Chair:
Hon. Mary E. Kelly, Los Angeles CA

ABA Board of Governors Liaison:
Benjamin Griffith, Austin, TX

Delegate to the House of Delegates:
Hon. Mary E. Kelly, Los Angeles CA