Mission & History


AALJ was founded as a professional association in 1971 and since its inception has enjoyed a robust membership. In 1999, AALJ chose to affiliate with the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO, joining other federal judges and professional employees in order to advocate for our agencies and our members.

Today, more than two-thirds of Social Security Administration (SSA) bargaining unit judges are active members of AALJ. There are also a number of associate members who serve as management administrative law judges.

A shared commitment to the highest quality of professionalism in the administrative justice system is the common bond of our members. Our judges view the preservation of fairness in the hearing process for disability claimants as their primary mission. The Associations goals were to defend judicial independence and due process during administrative hearings, and advance professionalism of Administrative Law Judges. The Association participated in several notable court cases involving judicial independence.

Throughout its history, AALJ has consistently extended its advice and expertise to SSA on reforms and improvement plans to better serve the American public. AALJ works closely, as a partner, with SSA to implement innovative technologies that will improve the hearings process and assist judges as we move into the electronic hearing era.

AALJ is the judges’ voice before Congress, providing testimony and expertise to improve the administrative judicial system.

AALJ serves as a professional resource for members by providing timely updates on issues impacting the administrative judicial process, offering continuing education opportunities and facilitating collaboration amongst judges throughout the country.

How to Join AALJ

NEW MEMBERS SOUGHT: We want as many ALJs as possible to join the organization that is formally recognized to represent your interests: AALJ.

Current members: Please encourage your colleagues to consider AALJ membership. A large and representative membership will give us the greatest impact in our dealings with the agencies.

Here are links to additional information and instructions, plus forms that you can complete, print, and submit by mail:

HOME ADDRESSES: Federal labor laws require that certain mailings (such as election ballots) must go to home addresses. Also, please be sure that your application is filled out legibly and completely.

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