The Social Security Administration Reverses Course On Counterproductive "Secret ALJ" Policy/ Donati Law, PLLC
Because of the fear that one or two Administrative Law Judges were inappropriately colluding with a couple of attorneys, the Social Security Administration decided that “Judge shopping” was a pressing problem nationally. The Administration reacted by ordering every hearings office in the country to cease telling claimants who the presiding Judge would be in their cases.
From the start this policy has been derided by attorneys and judges alike. I have personally had numerous cases in the Memphis office delayed because we could not tell to which ALJs potential clients were assigned.
This is great news and a welcome change from the Administration. According to NOSSCR, the ODARs will start telling claimants and their attorneys the names of their Judges effective April 20.