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Due to the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts, including the unknown health risks it may pose in the foreseeable future, the NAALJ Board of Governors has decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference. The decision was a difficult one to make. The NAALJ Annual Conference has been held annually for forty-five years and attending it is something our members look forward to each year for its excellent educational offerings, networking opportunities, and discussions on issues of significance to the administrative law bench. But the uncertainties concerning the health risks that our members might face in attending and travelling to a live conference gave us no choice but to cancel the 2020 live Conference.
NAALJ plans to hold a scaled back online Annual Conference during the first week in October 2020, and will provide details to you in the next few weeks.
The NAALJ Board plans to re-schedule the DC Annual Conference to October 2021, to include a line-up of excellent educational offerings, off-site educational experiences, and evening events at spectacular and iconic DC venues.
An article appearing in the April 3, 2020 edition of the Tallahassee Democrat, (a USA Today network newspaper) reported that a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge was suspended for accusing the agency’s director of engaging in ex parte communications.
On April 6th, 2020, an on-line publication, Law & Crime, writes about how ALJ John Van Laningham’s supervising judge, John MacIver, was accused by him of making improper “ex parte communications” and the reasons why. The case involves a horse racing-and-betting track, the enforcement agency’s broad interpretation of the law, and how the ALJ wrote about the agency’s actions and his supervising judge. The Hon. Van Laningham was thereafter served with charges involving his “insubordination and misconduct.”
Originally posted here on 4/5/2020. Revised 4/8/2020.
Last month, the Regulatory Review, a publication of the Penn Program on Regulation, published an article on a workshop held by the Federal Trade Commission non-compete clauses in employment contracts. The FTC asked whether and how to regulate these clauses during and for a time after employment.
The answer to the FTC’s question is clear: It should consider regulating non-competes by administrative adjudication. Regulating these clauses through adjudication is about as ideal a use of policymaking by adjudication as an agency can get; a new policy would not impose an affirmative duty on private actors, would likely receive Chevron deference, and would not be subject to OIRA review.”
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