Larry GellerLarry Geller, JD

Larry Geller, informed by a judicial career and an intimate look at the justice system’s strengths and weaknesses, is concerned with the impact of bias and prejudice on justice and in everyday life. He is committed to empowering jurors to make justice work. With his expertise and engaging speaking style, he has the ability to go beyond theories to explain the tough issues and possible solutions in terms of everyday living. Larry is equally committed to help individuals make their lives work through work-life balance strategies for maximum results.


Presiding Administrative Law Judge, State of California (1986-2004); Chief Referee, State of California, responsible for the administratrion of the state’s hearing system for welfare applicants and recipients (1979-1983); Assistant Chief Hearing Officer, State of California (1978-1979; 1983-1986), Hearing Officer, State of California (1972-1978).

Speaker and Author

Keynote speaker for professional groups and the general public on topics from justice and prejudice to work-life balance: “Prejudice vs. Justice: Can Democracy Survive the 21st Century?,” “Diversity, Democracy, and Justice,” “Confronting Bias in the Courtroom,” “Selling Your Best Product – Eight Ways to Make a Difference,” “There Are No Reruns in Life: A Personal Exploration and Renewal Experience,” “Making You No.1.”

Co-authored, Last Chance for Justice: The Juror’s Lonely Quest, with Peter Hemenway (NCDS Press, 1997), articles include: “Integrity – The Heart and Soul of Administrative Adjudication, Examining Demeanor – Your Own!,” “California Welfare Reform: A Time for Change for Judges;” host of monthly Cable Access Television show, “A Question of Public Safety,” a half-hour presentation focusing on police-community relations and the issue of achieving justice (1999-2004).

Educator and Trainer

Develops and presents training programs for local and state agencies on topics which include: the hearing process, arbitration, discrimination and diversity; quality review of Administrative Law Judge cases in other states; presenter at every NAHO conference since 1989; trainer for the National Association of ALJs; trained new and experienced ALJs from almost every California state agency (1986-2004); swim instructor, coach on introductions, interviewing skills, communications and public speaking at Camp Fiver, Poolville, NY (2004 to present); elementary school teacher Manhattan, NY (1968-1970).

Education and Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of Buffalo Law School (SUNY) Buffalo, NY
  • B.A., Political Science, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
  • State Bar of California (inactive)
  • New York State Bar (admitted)
  • Trainer, National Center for Dispute Settlement
  • Trainer, Voluntary Legal Services
  • National Judicial College

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