August 14 – 24, 2017 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $1,699 | Conference Fee $569 What’s this?

This intensive two-week course provides newer state and federal administrative law adjudicators with a solid foundation in the tools and techniques to create and maintain a “fair hearing,” complete the record, and provide a clear order. Separate tracks are offered which recognize the differences between the conduct of low-volume and high-volume proceedings.

The faculty were knowledgeable, dedicated and very enthusiastic. A very positive environment for learning and networking with the faculty and other judges. Great facilities too!
Hon. Rhonda Skipper-Dotta, Sacramento, CA
The discussion groups were great. I learned a lot from other ALJs.
Hon. Shannon Hogg, Fresno, CA
I am confident I will return to my office a better ALJ because of this course.
Hon. Laura Cunningham, Helena, MT

Why should I take this course?

This course offers both state and federal administrative law adjudicators a solid foundation in administrative law adjudication. This course will address the problems associated with all types of administrative law cases involving both represented and unrepresented parties.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Utilize sound pre-hearing practice and case management techniques.
  • Write decisions that will withstand judicial review.
  • Effectively address the issue of caseload management.
  • Incorporate alternative dispute resolution techniques where appropriate.
  • Communicate effectively with litigants and colleagues.
  • Create and maintain a bias-free environment.
  • Evaluate witness and expert credibility.
  • Appropriately apply the rules of evidence and procedure.

Who should attend?

Adjudicators with less than five years of experience, who are new to the administrative law bench, who are looking for a refresher, or those with a fundamental foundation in administrative law adjudication should attend.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Judge Toni T. Boone, Ret. of Wilsonville, Oregon, and Judge Tom E. Cheffins of Springfield, Missouri, head this outstanding faculty of experienced state and federal administrative law judges from different agencies and parts of the country. Additional faculty includes an appellate judge, a law professor, and communications and writing experts.

How is this course taught?

Classroom presentations, team teaching, and small group discussions are the primary instructional methods. Other techniques include mock hearings and panel discussions.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Ensuring that litigants receive a fair hearing is paramount. In doing so, new administrative law adjudicators need the tools to render those decisions in a fair, impartial, and efficient manner. This program provides those tools and also provides a network of mentors to assist the adjudicator long after the course is over.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

This course qualifies for 4 credits toward the Master of Judicial Studies Degree Program and Judicial Studies Doctoral Program at the University of Nevada, Reno upon successful completion of the course and passing the course exam. In addition, this course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills and
Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.