ABA AdLaw Section Chair Judy Boggs Assigned as Chair of the U.S Department of Labor’s Benefits Review Board

by Christopher J. Walker — Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019@chris_j_walker

Press release from the U.S. Department of Labor:

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that Judith S. Boggs has been assigned to chair the Department’s Benefits Review Board. Boggs assignment comes upon the departure of Betty Jean Hall, who retired as board chair on March 31, 2019. Prior to this appointment, Boggs served as a member of the Benefits Review Board (BRB) since 2004, and on the Administrative Review Board from 2002 to 2004.

“I commend Betty Jean Hall for her 25 years of service at the BRB, 10 of which she served as board chair. This is testament to Ms. Hall’s commitment to doing right by workers and taxpayers,” said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “The work of the board is in good hands as Judith S. Boggs brings 15 years of experience as a board member to the board chair position.”

Congress created the Benefits Review Board in 1972 to review and issue decisions on appeals of worker’s compensation claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act and the Black Lung Benefits amendments to the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969. The Board consists of five members appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor, one of whom is designated as chair and Chief Administrative Appeals Judge.

The Department will recruit a new member to fill the vacancy created by Hall’s retirement.

Congrats Judy!


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About Christopher J. Walker

Christopher Walker is a law professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Walker clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and worked on the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice. His publications have appeared in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. Outside the law school, he serves as one of forty Public Members of the Administrative Conference of the United States and as Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. He blogs regularly at the Yale Journal on Regulation.

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