To provide educational opportunities for experienced advocates; to promote
effective communication between the Agency and claimant representatives; to
foster camaraderie among members of the greater Columbus Social Security bar.
A Message from the Social Security
Disability Committee Chairs
“Join us as we embark on the long-overdue
organization of Columbus area Social Security disability practitioners!
Modern Social Security practice is fast-changing. The coming year is certain
to bring continued expansion of SSA's electronic practice tools and procedures,
a host of new judges and experts appearing via VTC from around the country,
and more changes at our Central Ohio hearing and district offices. We hope
that this new committee will ease upcoming transitions and serve as a valuable
forum for members to share information and education through monthly committee
meetings, a ListServe for advocates, and social gatherings where we can
foster friendships. Please let us know how we can make this new committee
useful and productive for everyone!”
Julie A. Hall / Kenneth P. Karlock - Co-Chairs - Attorneys at Law
December 15, 2011
We have heard from many NOSSCR members-and read in today's Wall Street Journal-that ODAR is in the process of instituting a new policy that the identity of the ALJ assigned to each claimant's case will not be disclosed until the time of the actual hearing. We have yet to receive a copy of the official written instructions.
Apparently, the rationale for this new policy is to thwart the purported practice of some advocates who-ODAR claims-"forum shop" to avoid particular ALJs.
Many members have reported that this new policy will impair their ability to assist ODAR by meeting the needs of individual ALJs, and will also make it very difficult to manage their practices. Not only do different judges benefit from different preparation by representatives, but some need you to set aside more time than others, some need claimants to be prepared in different ways, some need written arguments in advance, and some need you to be prepared to make specific presentations at the hearing. We expect impaired efficiency at hearing offices as a result of this new policy, and will be protesting its implementation to Glenn Sklar, ODAR Deputy Commissioner. Our letter will appear on the NOSSCR webpage.
Nancy G. Shor
Committee Event Photos:
Left to right:
August 2010 - SSD Committee members at Gordon Biersch for the 1st Annual Pints, Poms, Hops and Hallex celebration. View more photos from this event
September 2010 - SSD Committee members gathered in the Windy City during the NOSSCR conference.
September 2011 - SSD Committee Chair Julie Hall and Honorable Thomas Piliero at the 2nd Annual Pints, Poms, Hops and Hallex celebration. View more photos from this event
May 2012 - 3rd Annual Pints, Poms, Hops and Hallex celebration, honoring special guest, The Honorable John R. Allen. View more photos from this event