Free Presentation - Appealing Social Security Disability Decisions

Course Title

Appealing Social Security Disability Decisions: Tips and Strategies from a former Administrative Law Judge and Administrative Appeals Judge

Course Summary

This lecture, presented by a former Administrative Law Judge who also was an Administrative Appeals Judge with the Appeals Council, will teach you how to be successful in securing remands and reversals from the Appeals Council for your clients. He will address common errors made at the hearing level, including due process and procedural mistakes, errors at the hearing, evidentiary problems, and errors of law committed in ALJ decisions and dismissals. He will also give you tips on preparing your appeal, and cautionary advice on what not to do when filing your appeal.


1. Introduction: my experience with the topic

2. Areas for remand and reversal

   A. Due process and procedural issues

   B. Hearing issues

   C. Decision issues

   D. Dismissal issues

3. Filing the Request for Review - Dos and Don’ts

4. Summary:  My top 10 reasons for remand or reversal

CLE Information

We are not actively seeking CLE credits for this presentation in any jurisdiction, and we make no representation that this presentation will qualify for CLE in any particular jurisdiction. 

If you are interested in CLE credits, please reach out to us. With advanced notice, we may be able to apply for CLE on your behalf in your jurisdiction.

If you wish to personally request CLE credit in your jurisdiction, please reach out to us so that we can make our best efforts to assist you. 

Technical Information

We use Adobe Connect for our presentations, and you will have to download this application to attend. You can download the application for Windows and for Mac. You can download the application for mobile devices, but we would not recommend it. We think that the presentation is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer. Mac users have reported no problems using the Adobe Connect application.

After downloading the application, you should perform a diagnostic test to ensure that there are no computer or network issues. We do not anticipate that you will have any problems downloading the application or performing the diagnostic test. Contact us if you experience problems.

You will need computer speakers to listen to the presentation. We do not provide dial-in service.

Accessibility Issues

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Honorable David G. Hatfield (retired)


Judge Hatfield worked in the Social Security Administration from 1976 until his retirement in 2012, serving in such key positions as the Acting Chief Judge, Assistant Regional Chief Judge, Hearing Office Chief Judge for the Seven Fields Hearing Office, Hearing Office Chief Judge for the Pittsburgh Hearing Office, Administrative Appeals Judge with the Appeals Council, and Director of the Office of Civil Actions. Judge Hatfield has written and taught extensively in his field. He was a faculty member for new Administrative Law Judge training since 1990, and was in charge of Supplemental Training for all new Administrative Law Judges. He has testified before Congress regarding the Social Security disability program, and has been a frequent speaker on Social Security matters. He received his B.A with high distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from Indiana University and his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.


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