Randy Alden is a graduate of Ashland University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989) and the Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1992). He is the Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge (HOCALJ) for the OHO Nashville Hearing Office and is currently on virtual detail to The Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge (OCALJ), National Service Delivery (NSD), Special Review Cadre (SRC). Prior to his appointment as an ALJ in October 2017, he was an Assistant Federal Defender with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee from 2002 – 2017 where he specialized in complex criminal litigation and tried countless jury trials. Prior to joining the FPD’s office, he practiced at firms in Ohio and West Virginia. While at the FPD’s office, he spent 12 years at the University of Memphis, Cecil B. Humphrey’s School of Law as an adjunct professor of legal methods, teaching legal research, legal drafting, legal analysis, and persuasive advocacy to first year law students as well as supervising externs. He also served in the United States Army Reserve where he had 28 years (combined enlisted and commissioned service) in flight operations, human resources, military intelligence, and special operations (civil affairs). He served in OEF from 2004 – 2005 conducting anti-terrorism operations in the Horn of Africa. Among the awards he received were the Bronze Star (Meritorious) and the Meritorious Service Medal. He retired at the rank of Major on December 31, 2011.