In conjunction with the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ), Pepperdine presented “Excellence in Administrative Justice: Delivering Due Process,” from October 10 to 14 in Malibu, California. More than 170 judges, professors, and lawyers attended the event.
The conference featured judicial writing sessions and specialized skills training for judges. Programming included a full day of instruction in judicial writing by LAWriters’ chief instructor, seminars on neurological subjects, and seminars on subjects ranging from cognitive bias and judicial decision-making to assessing witness credibility.
The Pepperdine/NAALJ collaboration goes back to fall of 2000 when Professor Gregory Ogden became the faculty editor for the Journal of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. Facilitated by Ogden and the Honorable Mary Margaret Anderson, the conference hosted many of the members of NAALJ, which has a national membership of more than 700 people.
The NAALJ is the largest professional organization devoted entirely to administrative adjudication, specifically within the executive branch of government. The NAALJ voting members exercise broad subject matter jurisdiction and include state, federal, and local administrative law judges, hearing officers, referees, trial examiners, agency chairs, commissioners, and appellate authorities. Its mission is to promote an impartial, professional administrative judiciary that adheres to high ethical standards and furthers the recognition and understanding of its necessary role in the function of government.