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.

COVID-19 Latest Update:

May 18, 2020 - DALA’s office will open for the sole purpose of filing documents starting on May 26, 2020.  A MASK or some other item covering the mouth and nose MUST be worn to enter the office and please practice social distancing by staying at least six feet from others.

Read previous DALA/BSEA COVID-19 updates.

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. 

DALA Welcomes New Staff!

Ken Bresler Administrative Magistrate
Yakov Malkiel, Administrative Magistrate

Schedule of Hearings

Scheduled Prehearings, Conferences and Hearings - April

Scheduled Prehearings, Conferences and Hearings - March

Annual Report

DALA 2020 Annual Report to the Legislature

Image credits:  Ed McGrath