On January 22, 2015, the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judge (IAALJ) along with Black Women Lawyer’s Association (BWLA) Government Services Committee sponsored a dinner and panel discussion on How to Become an Administrative Law Judge.
The room was filled to capacity with Administrative Law Judges and attorneys interested in pursuing this rewarding career path. The President of IAALJ, Camela Gardner, moderated the enlightening discussion. Judge Sherry Thompson, Region Chief Administrative Law Judge, Office of Disability Adjudication & Review, provided insight on the Social Security Administration’s process for selecting Administrative Law Judges, in addition to explaining the training process utilized to develop staff’s skills. It was a real eye opener! Judge Audrey Wade, Chief Hearing Officer, Office of the General Counsel, Chicago Housing Authority and Judge John C. Allen IV, Director/Chief Administrative Law Judge, Cook County Office of Administrative Hearings also discussed their experiences in developing their adjudicatory offices, as well as, selecting Administrative Law Judges to staff the offices. Judge Gardner, who was the former Chief Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Department of Human Services likewise shared the qualities she looked for when selecting applicants for Administrative Law Judge. All of the judges agreed that judicial temperament is a key factor along with writing skills and experience.
Seminars about prospective job opportunities and the qualities needed to maintain the position is just one of the attractive benefits of being a member of IAALJ. If you have not done so, please consider joining today!