Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the newspaper, The Oregonian, has learned of the production and approval rates for all Social Security administrative law judges (ALJs) in California as well in the United States. They have made the information available in an online searchable database.
The online database is an invaluable tool because it allows one to search for the past three years by a judge’s name. It then shows you the production rates, the approval and the denial rates for that particular judge. You can also search by year or all years and see all ALJs in the United States. I looked up a few judges from San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael and San Jose. I found that the results were consistent with what I have seen in my own practice. I also checked the database to look up statistics for some judges who have recently transferred to the Bay area from other offices. It will be nice to go into a hearing knowing what kind of result I can expect.
Thanks to my colleague, Gordon Gates, a Social Security disability attorney in Maine who publishes the Social Security Disability Blog for blogging about this article and bringing it to my attention.