SSA, and in particular, the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is implementing a new national policy: “the name of the judge will no longer be included in the notice of hearing.”  In other words, advocates and claimants will not know the Judge (ALJ) deciding the claim until the day of the hearing.  Such a policy was intended to stop advocates from “judge shopping”, but the consequences could be substantial.  Most advocates craft the presentation and Brief differently depending upon the particular likes and dislikes of the ALJ handling the claim.

For more information on Disability claims, check out our Tennessee and Georgia Disability Blog.

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