Hon. Arline Pacht
Secretary of the Board and Director
Administrative Law Judge, National Labor Relations Board (ret.)
Judge Pacht began her judicial career in 1979 when she was appointed an administrative law judge (ALJ) for the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was a public defender in the District of Columbia and a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1980 she transferred to the National Labor Relations Board, sitting as an ALJ for the next 17 years. In 1998 she retired from the NLRB to become President and Executive Director of the International Association of Women Judges, which she founded. During her 12 years of leadership with that organization, the membership grew from 850 judges in 15 countries to 4,000 members in 77 countries. Judge Pacht retired as the Director of the IAWJ in 2002, continuing as a member of the Association's Board of Managerial Trustees. She is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where she ranked first in her class.