NYSALJA

New York State Administrative Law Judges Association

Message from the Immediate Past President

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In 1974, hearing officers Abe Linderman of Illinois, Kenneth Cameron of California, Harvey N. Finger of Arizona, Ross Williams, Jr. of Iowa, and Robert V. Steinhilber of Florida, attended an administrative law conference in California. Together, they adopted and signed a pledge to organize a national organization of administrative law hearing officers. In fulfillment of that commitment, the following year they formed the National Association of Administrative Hearing Officers. Two years later, the New York State Administrative Law Judges Association was born. One can read about these early years in a paper generously written by Hon. Stanley J. Cygan1.

This year marks the 40-year milestone in the history of the New York State Administrative Law Judges Association. Despite the fact that the records of our nascent association are MIA, I can happily report that we’ve accomplished much in 40 years, hosting many NAALJ conferences (both in New York City and upstate New York), addressing administrative law decision-making issues at various levels of government, finding ways to provide free and low-cost continuing legal education programs, and enriching the lives of our members through networking opportunities and life-long friendships.

Now that my tenure as president has drawn to a close, I would like to reflect on our accomplishments over the last two years. At the beginning of my term we began talking about hosting another national conference— and in the last few weeks we agreed that we would do so again in October 2017. Also at the beginning of my presidency, we had a small setback— we lost the low-cost CLE courses that Pace Law School had been providing, due to the shutdown of their Center for Continuing Legal Education. But as one door closed another opened and we entered into an agreement with the Practicing Law Institute to provide our members with free access to their courses. Our board has continued to meet quarterly, with social gatherings at local pubs both in NYC and in Albany before each meeting. These meetings are open to general members and to non-members who are considering joining. They’ve been lots of fun. We’ve met new colleagues, made new friends, and strengthened relationships among ALJ/hearing officers.

An organization becomes successful through the contributions of its members, and there are so many ways to be an active member. I joined NYSALJA and became involved by putting up a new website. You may choose to contribute to one of three standing committees: Technology, Professional Development, and Public Relations. My committee, Technology, deals with keeping our website up and running, helping to provide an efficient, cost effective means for teleconferencing, and any other techie needs we may have. If you are interested in technology, contact me directly. Our Professional Development committee, chaired by our current president, Hon. Edward R. Mevec, deals with setting up and/or facilitating continuing legal education for our members. Public Relations, chaired by Hon. Vilda Mayuga, fields questions from the press and reaches out to government agencies should the need arise.

But there are other ways to lend a helping hand. Contribute here, on our website. Write an article or share a funny story. Share your thoughts on an issue that has an impact on what we do. Have an idea for a legal education course that you’d like to present? Contact Judge Mevec directly. With the upcoming national conference only a year away, the Conference Committee will need lots of help. Start small… come to our quarterly meeting.

Don’t put it off— getting involved in NYSALJA is rewarding and professionally fulfilling.

Warmly,

Eric Zaidins
Immediate Past President

Save the Date!

October 8 – 10, 2017

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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDICIARY 
&
THE NEW YORK STATE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES ASSOCIATION 
CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND MEETING IN NEW YORK CITY

Plan for an exciting 2017 Columbus Day weekend, when NAALJ holds its Annual Conference in Manhattan at the Fordham University School of Law near Lincoln Center! Come before the program starts on Sunday afternoon and stay after it ends on Tuesday evening. Enjoy all that the City has to offer. Take in a Broadway play or musical, an opera or jazz at Lincoln Center or a concert at Carnegie Hall. Visit that special restaurant you’ve always read about. Be amazed by the view from the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center. Walk through Central Park and appreciate its fall foliage! The possibilities are endless in the “City That Never Sleeps.”

Visit www.naalj.org for details about the 2017 Annual Conference soon!

Current Officers

Hon. Edward R. Mevec
President

 

Hon. Raymond Kramer
President Elect

 

Hon. James McClymonds
Vice President

 

Hon. Anne W. Murphy
Treasurer

 

Hon. Emily Georgiades
Secretary

 

Hon. Eric Zaidins
Immediate Past President

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5:30 pm 🍻 NYC Pre-Meeting Social Event
🍻 NYC Pre-Meeting Social Event
Jun 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
The NYC NYSALJA PRE-meeting will be held at: RYAN MAGUIRE’S 28 Cliff Street, Manhattan (between Fulton St. and John Street.) Telephone 212-566-6906 Please RSVP to Ray Kramer (rkramer@oath.nyc.gov) if you will be attending the NYC[...]
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🍻Albany Pre-Meeting Social Event
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The Pre-meeting get together will be at: Scarborough’s Restaurant and Tavern 497 Old Niskayuna Rd. Latham, NY 12110 (518) 713-4500 Please RSVP by email to: Cathy Bennett (Catherine.Bennett@dta.ny.gov) if you will be attending the Albany[...]
7:00 pm 📌 NYSALJA Regular Meeting
📌 NYSALJA Regular Meeting
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The regular meeting of the Executive Board Meeting will be held in two locations: New York City Location: NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) 66 John Street, 11th Floor New York, New York[...]