Professors John Gedid and Jill Family Attended NAALJ Conference
Web Editor - Published: October 20, 2010
GedidNAALJ2010CaliforniaProfessor John L. Gedid and Associate Professor Jill E. Family spoke at the annual conference of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ) held at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California from October 11-14, 2010.

“The National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary is the principal representative of administrative law judges in the United States,” said Professor Gedid, adding, “The administrative judiciary is one of the most important dispensers of justice in the United States. They make many more decisions than the courts of record, and do so in every area of our lives. It was an honor to work with them on procedures to assure fair hearings for all citizens who come before them.”

On October 11th, Professor Gedid spoke on a panel called "Goldberg v. Kelly: Casting a Long Shadow after 40 Years." Other speakers on the panel included the Honorable Steve Wise and Peter Sitkin. The panel addressed the history and legacy of Goldberg v. Kelly, a case extremely important to due process. Mr. Sitkin was the attorney who argued before the US Supreme Court in Wheeler v. Montgomery, a case similar to Goldberg.

NAALJEventPromo235pxProfessor Family, the 2010 NAALJ Fellow after wining the Fellowship Competition earlier in the year, presented her research to the association. Her presentation, entitled "The Lack of Transparency in Immigration Law and the Immigration Adjudication Crisis," focused on how the opacity of substantive immigration law contributes to problems in the immigration adjudication system, such as high caseloads and a lack of lawyers representing foreign nationals.

"It was an honor to address this important group of administrative law judges, and a tremendous opportunity to gather their input on the many problems facing immigration adjudication," said Professor Family.