Social Security has done away with the “Secret ALJ Rule”. This rule kept representatives from knowing who the ALJ would be– sometimes until we walked in the hearing room. There were many reasons that I disliked this rule, but primarily because I could not adequately prepare my clients for what to expect from the ALJ.
We will now go back to knowing who our ALJ is prior to the hearing. This is really a win for Claimants, because they deserve to be given the chance to know what the particular ALJ will be expecting.