CSHA is pleased to offer its members a new service — a hearing
officer program designed to provide attorneys involved in peer
review hearings with easy access to information on the identities
and qualifications of potential hearing officers.
With the issue of impartial hearing officers increasingly being
raised given the Haas v. County of San Bernardino (2002)
27 Cal.4th 1017, and Yaqub v. Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare (2004) 122 Cal.App.4th 474 cases, CSHA has
established a hearing officer program that helps attorneys
identify potential candidates for selection.
The program consists of:
Maintaining a list of attorneys (with links to each
participant’s resume) who meet certain qualifications for
presiding over peer review hearings; and
Providing training programs and resource materials for
attorneys who wish to be listed as a participant in the hearing
CSHA maintains two lists for hearing officers. To appear on
either list, a person must have certain general qualifications. The Completed
Hearings List is comprised of names of persons who have served as
a hearing officer or been lead counsel in at least five (5)
completed adversarial evidentiary hearings before a peer review
hearing committee (“completed hearings”). The General List is
comprised of names of persons who have not served as a hearing
officer or been lead counsel in at least five completed hearings,
but who have other self-identified relevant experience or
Participation in the program is based on information provided by
the persons listed. CSHA does not verify any information
provided, other than membership in CSHA and participation in
CSHA’s training programs. In addition, CSHA makes no comment or
judgment about a person’s experience, qualifications or
competence as a hearing officer. Users of the lists should
independently verify the foregoing through the website of the
State Bar of California, voir dire, references, and otherwise.
A core qualification to be eligible to participate in the hearing
officer program is that the attorney attend CSHA training
programs. Participants are also eligible and are expected to
review training resources materials. The training programs cover
the broad array of fundamentals, common problems and options for
handling hearings, controversial topics that have yet to be
resolved, and the latest developments in this rapidly evolving
area of California law. The programs also provide unique insight
from speakers who are among the foremost experts in California
Thank you for your interest in CSHA’s online Hearing Officer
Training Program. To better serve the interests of our members,
we have made this program available in an online format for
convenience, ease and educational enrichment.
The training program, offered in Los Angeles in June 2017,
was recorded to create a video for future training purposes
and includes both the video presentations and written materials.
All of these written materials are available on the CSHA website.
While the general reference materials are valuable, at a minimum,
we recommend that you download the core curriculum provided by
the speakers before viewing the videos, to better follow the
presentations and occasional references to those materials by the
Since verified completion of the training program is one
requirement for inclusion on the CSHA Hearing Officer Listings,
it is necessary to confirm that the video program has been viewed
in its entirety. To meet this goal, a pop-up will periodically
appear during the various program sessions, which will require
you to record verification codes to confirm that you are actively
participating. At the end of the final video, please complete the
electronic evaluation form. While such forms are typically
important to help evaluate and improve CSHA training programs,
they are especially important here given this new format, so your
completion of the evaluation is required.
To participate in the online Hearing Officer Training Program,
please complete the registration form by clicking the link below.
The cost to participate is $195.
If you have any questions about the online Hearing Officer
Training Program, please contact us at (916) 552-7605 or
In order to participate in the program, you must be a member of CSHA, meet the requisite qualifications and make attestations for either the “Completed Hearing” or “General List.”
Remittance to CSHA of an operating fee of $50 per year and a signed Attestation Form is also required. In addition, eligible participants must furnish to CSHA a resume containing at a minimum the following information, in addition to your name and contact information:
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