SOAR practitioners have proven their proficiency at assisting with initial SSI/SSDI applications. However, since appeals are a reality, we know that many are already assisting applicants to prepare for hearings or are interested in gaining the necessary skills to effectively represent SOAR applicants at the hearing level.
This webinar, held on Thursday, June 25, 2015, provided the tips and tools necessary to understand SSA’s Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing process. The focus was to inform the SOAR practitioner about the major activities performed by the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), and what is expected from the Representative to prepare for and conduct a hearing in a Social Security disability claim.
Speakers included attorney representatives who shared their knowledge and experience with representing SOAR applicants with ODAR. Webinar participants gained firsthand knowledge from SOAR advocates who are obtaining great outcomes at the hearing level using SOAR.
- Sarah F. Anderson, Senior Attorney/Elder, Health & Disability Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, MA
- Jessica Krefman, Attorney and SOAR Local Lead, Office of Recipient Rights at Livingston County Community Mental Health Authority in Howell, MI
Intended Audience: SOAR practitioners who understand SSA’s sequential evaluation and disability application process, who are already conducting hearings or considering representing applicants at the hearing level.
Click the links below to access the webinar:
- Webinar Recording
- PowerPoint Slides (PPT)
- Additional Materials