November 3–5, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $750 | Conference Fee $250 What’s this?

After the Great Recession, now is the time for your board to recondition, improve and prepare for future challenges including USDOL initiatives. The Administrative Justice Institute is partnering with The National Judicial College to offer a unique opportunity to Higher Authority Boards and their staffs to comprehensively review the roles, duties and responsibilities of higher appellate bodies with updates on Federal initiatives, methods to improve interactions with your agency, the courts, the public and elected officials and how to address IT modernization issues whether your own or the agency.

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Why should I take this course?

The economy is improving in most states, but new challenges appear daily. And while some state economies are improving, the UI workload and budgets are reducing while we must keep in mind the potential impacts of the next economic downturn. During this course, you’ll be able to reexamine the fundamentals of unemployment insurance appellate practice in light of closer public and legislative scrutiny, new Federal initiatives in the UI field and modernization efforts around the country. All of this while exploring the value that boards of review contribute to the unemployment adjudication system. During the course, we will examine decision making methods, board independence, interaction with the UI system many participants, credibility, precedent application, budgets, information technology (IT), and court review.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Summarize the concepts of precedent, consistency, and quality control as they apply to the role of the board of review.
  • Identify areas for improvements in higher authority in your state.
  • Apply current evidentiary principles to social media and video recordings.
  • Describe methods for incorporating precedent as a means to improve agency consistency and reduce appeals.
  • Analyze the role of initial adjudication evidence in lower authority decisions.
  • Summarize the most successful models for communicating with agencies, courts, and the public.
  • Manage the impact of reengineered IT projects with a greater understanding of their value to your organization.

Who should attend?

Individuals who have direct or indirect responsibility for the administration, management and/or decision making process. You should attend if you are a board or commission member, administrator, counsel to the board, executive director, board attorney, or an administrative law judge (ALJ) assigned to a board.

Who are the members of the faculty?

  • Tim McArdle, Presiding ALJ (Ret), California UIAB
  • Allan A. Toubman, Administrative Justice Institute, Maine DOL
  • Marilyn White, Executive Director, Arizona Appeals Administrator, Appellate Services
  • Dorothy Johnson, Dep. Gen. Counsel (Ret), Florida RAAC

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact William Brunson, Esq. at (775) 327-8274 or

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