Raymond L Souza , Detroit, Michigan ODAR Office, Administrative Law Judge

For the 2012 *fiscal year, Judge Raymond L Souza has disposed 160 cases at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in Detroit, Michigan. Out of those 160 dispostions, 34 were dismissed, 54 were approved and 72 were denied. This means that the percentage of dispositions that Judge Souza has approved in Detroit for the 2012 fiscal year is 34%. The information below for Judge Raymond L Souza was last updated on 6/11/2019.

Average statistics
Office*Fiscal YearTotal DispositionsTotal DecisionsTotal DenialsTotal AwardsCases
Detroit 2011 400 320 148 172 20%43%37%
Detroit 2012 160 126 72 54 21%34%45%
Stockton 2012 494 396 170 226 20%46%34%
Columbia 2013 63 30 18 12 52%19%29%
Minneapolis 2013 275 238 106 132 13%48%39%
Stockton 2013 214 175 81 94 18%44%38%
Columbia 2014 558 435 202 233 22%42%36%
Minneapolis 2014 22 20 9 11 9%50%41%
Columbia 2015 245 170 76 94 31%38%31%
Kansas City 2015 97 84 35 49 13%51%36%
Kansas City 2016 314 221 85 136 30%43%27%
Omaha 2016 11 4 2 2 64%18%18%
Kansas City 2017 417 316 129 187 24%45%31%
Omaha 2017 5 4 3 1 20%20%60%
Kansas City 2018 165 131 68 63 21%38%41%
Seattle 2019 188 143 54 89 24%47%29%
*The United States Government fiscal year is from October 1st - September 30th.
Raymond L SouzaNo Stats for FY 2020
All ALJs in Detroit Office 16% 44% 40%
All ALJs in Michigan16%47%37%
All ALJs in the Nation20%42%38%
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Judge: Raymond L Souza
8/29/2019 12:50:05 PM

I appreciate Chief Judge Souza. I thought he was nice and down to earth. He reminded me of my Uncle back home spoke to me. Direct, respectable and honestly. Chief Judge Souza is very easy to talk with. I hope all the people that were sent denial letters by other judges, will go back and re-read the top page and realize that there was an error and to be fair, it is in your best interest when finding an attorney that he or she takes the time to serve you the best . In mentioning this, I am the person who is responsible for notifying a certain Judge that used this error against me due to my being Homeless in Seattle,WA. The formal letter requesting a hearing use to state that : There is a phone hearing/interview at 1:30 P.M. and then the date: ____________. Then below this paragraph there was space of 6 lines, then below that was wording that stated you were to also attend this appointment in person. I missed this the first couple times, I had read it, but after, a particular Judge whom I had never met, talked down to me, and treated me disrespectfully and there was no reason for that kind of behavior. I had caught the error and I am hoping from now on there will be more fairness and respectful and honest outcomes in the near future for all those who are in need. Sincerly, and Take care,

Judge: Raymond L Souza
8/29/2019 12:36:14 PM

I felt Judge Souza was down to earth. Reminded me of my Uncle Delano in Oregon. Judge Souza is direct and reliable, respectable during the hearing. I use to be timid, shy and passive aggressive, which hurt me and my character. Sometimes, people think I am angry, when I am talking, writing letters. I can be intense and I am very passionate about the truth, my circumstances. I care about people, and their well being and for the good for others. I hope that all those people before me that had gone through the Social Security application and hearings process will go back and appeal their denial letters due to the copy of letter that the Social Security Administraton office's automatically printed out letters to prospective clients that read like this: You are expected to go to a hearing and you have a phone interview at 1:30 P.M. with Judge So and So ____________________________ and the remainder of the letter, it states that you are also to be at the hearing in person. I am the person responsible for those letters being amended due to another Judge, whom, I will not say due to Privacy laws and common sense. I will say that through my going through the a Judge_______________________I found out that, I could write a letter to our Representative, asking for assistance. I had been discriminated against me for being Homeless.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
11/2/2017 11:38:40 AM

Judge Souza terminated my benefits after I'd received them for 18 years. I'm 55 yrs old and unable to work due to bipolar disorder. The SSDI psychologists reports said I was disabled as did my own Dr and therapist. He threw those reports out. Instead, he called a Dr in another state who has never seen me. That Dr said so what, she has mood swings, don't we all and laughed. This was the testimony Judge Souza went by. He also relied heavily on false information about me online and photos from my Facebook page. He has little to no knowledge of mental health issues. Having a photo of oneself smiling sitting in the sun does not mean that a person no longer has bipolar disorder. If my Facebook page was a problem then probably no one should qualify for SSDI. Judge Souza also based decision on a report done by undercover police Sent to my house under false pretenses. Sending male police officers to my house has caused PTSD. I am a rape victim and he should have considered that would be a trigger for me. This 3 year appeal process has left my health worse than when I started. The entire SS process needs to be looked at. It's damaging and the wrong people are getting terminated in order to cut the budget for the state of MO.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
3/27/2017 11:24:25 AM

Judge Souza was very kind. He was very familiar with my case and adjourned the hearing within 20 minutes. I received a favorable decision 3 months later.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2016 2:02:20 AM

Denied my claim a few weeks later after the hearing when I had all of my records and an attorney... Now I will have to wait even longer..........

Judge: Raymond L Souza
2/8/2013 3:11:48 PM

I agree with previous comments. He was friendly and straightforward. Knew the file well. Issued a favorable bench decision.

Judge: Raymond L Souza
6/26/2012 2:01:27 PM

One of the best judges I have appeared before in representing clients before SSA. Very prompt (convened hearing 2 min. early!!)and very friendly. Joked with my client to put him at ease. He obviously read the file prior to the hearing. He chatted with my client for 10 minutes, then issued a favorable bench decision.

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