Judge Stephen R. Henley is the Chief Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor, Washington, D.C. He was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration in Fayetteville, North Carolina in August 2011 and transferred to the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges in Washington, DC in May 2012. He was appointed as the Associate Chief Judge for Longshore in May 2014, and as the Chief Judge in October 2015.
Prior to his appointment as an ALJ, Judge Henley served nearly 30 years in the United States Army, from which he retired in 2011 after 5 ½ years as Chief Trial Judge of the Army Trial Judiciary, the longest serving Army Chief Trial Judge. Judge Henley served more than thirteen years as a military trial judge presiding over criminal cases around the globe, ranging from capital murder, rape, and aggravated assault to drug distribution, AWOL, and larceny, including courts-martial in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Kuwait and military commissions convened in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Judge Henley received a B.S. from Providence College, an M.H.A. from Duke University, J.D. and LL.M. degrees from The George Washington University, and an LL.M. from The Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia. He formerly served as an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School and was the recipient of the 2011 Judge Advocates Foundation MG William K. Suter Distinguished Judicial Service Award.