Jodie Berger has been an Administrative Law Judge with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) since 2014. In 2016, Judge Berger was appointed to the State Hearing Division’s Training, Quality Development, Rehearings, and Special Projects Bureau. In that position, she is responsible for conducting rehearing reviews (an internal appellate review), updating state hearing regulations, maintaining an updated and accurate database of summaries of legal authority binding in the CDSS hearings, and other special projects.

Judge Berger has assisted in developing and presenting trainings on the state hearing process for hearing representatives, judicial training on Engaged Neutrality complex benefit budgeting, as well as various presentations for the biannual statewide State Hearings conference.

Prior to joining the State Hearing Division, Judge Berger worked for Legal Services as a Public Benefits Specialist (administrative law and litigation) for 28 years. As a Legal Services attorney, Judge Berger worked extensively with the CDSS on regulation and policy development, participating in eight Stakeholder groups.

Judge Berger is Co-Chair of the Administrative Law Committee of the State Bar, working on issues for unrepresented claimants, and the prior Chair of the Bar’s Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Judge Berger co-developed and presented a training program on Administrative Hearings for CLE, and for several years provided training at the annual CDSS CalWORKs and NLADA conferences, on public benefit and language access topics.

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