Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA)

The Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) is an independent agency that conducts due process adjudicatory hearings for other Massachusetts state administrative agencies.

Contact Us


14 Summer Street, 4th floor, Malden, MA 02148


Open M-F 9am-5pm


(781) 397-4720

Who we serve

DALA provides a neutral forum for hearing any case in which one has the right to appeal the decision of another state agency.

Through its Bureau of Special Education Appeals, DALA also conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities. 

Schedule of Hearings

Scheduled Prehearing Conferences & Hearings - June 2023

Scheduled Prehearing Conferences & Hearings - May 2023

Annual Report

DALA 2021 Annual Report to the Legislature

DALA 2022 Annual Report to the Legislature

Welcome Melinda Troy

Melinda Troy recently joined DALA as an Administrative Magistrate in May 2023.  Prior to joining DALA, she worked at the State Board of Retirement, part of the State Treasury, from 2006 to 2023, most recently serving as its Director of Legal Services. Prior to her tenure at the State Board of Retirement, Ms. Troy served in various legal and advocacy roles at the Disability Law Center from 2001 to 2006. She is a graduate of Providence College and holds a Master of Arts degree from Boston College. She is also a graduate of Suffolk University Law School.

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