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Buffalo woman to head Association of Administrative Law Judges

WASHINGTON – Marilyn Zahm, an administrative law judge in Buffalo, has been elected to serve a three-year term as president of the Association of American Law Judges, which represents 1,400 federal judges across the nation who hear Social Security disability cases.

“I view the role of AALJ president as an advocacy role for judges in our effort to maintain independence and equally as a voice for the importance of due process,” Zahm said. “Our organization allows some light to come through the closed doors of the adjudication process.”

Zahm served as the association’s vice president prior to this week’s election. She was appointed as a federal administrative law judge in 1994.

Prior to becoming a judge, she worked as a litigator for the National Labor Relations Board and as the head of Western New York office for the state Public Employment Relations Board. She began her career as a public legal services attorney where she handled civil cases for low-income residents of the Buffalo area.

She also has worked as an adjunct professor for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.