Hon. Nancy S. Dolder, Chief Judge of the Benefits Review Board, has announced her retirement effective April 30, 2014. Judge Dolder was appointed as one of the five members of the BRB in 1985. She served as Acting Chairman and Chief Judge from 1993 to 1994, and was appointed Associated Deputy Secretary for Adjudication in 1998, having management and administrative oversight of the three appellate adjudicatory boards in the Department of Labor. She developed the strategy to reduce case backlogs in those agencies, long known for lengthy delays in deciding cases and issuing decisions. Then Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao named her Chair and Chief Judge of the BRB in 2001.
Prior to her federal service, Judge Dolder was Chief Counsel for the California State Teachers Retirement System and the TEachers Retirement Fund, one of the largest public investment funds in the country. She was in private practice in California for several years prior.
Judge Dolder was a strong proponent of legal education, serving for seventeen years on the Advisory Board of Loyola Law School’s Annual Longshore Conference. She will be missed in the longshore community. We wish her and her husband, Carl, a long and happy retirement.