75th Annual Justices of the Peace and Constables Association Conference

June 24 - 28, 2019

Isla Grand Beach Resort
500 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597

For more information contact Luz Hinojosa or Sam Burke at (800) 456-5974.​

Registration will open Friday, March 1, at 8 a.m.

The 75th Annual Education Conference of the Justices of the Peace and Constables Association has been designed to keep you informed on issues that are important to you and your constituents. In addition, the four-day conference in South Padre Island will be a convenient way to earn up to 16 continuing education credits at education sessions and to enjoy networking with your peers.

Don’t miss out on celebrating this JPCA milestone at one of the five best resorts in Texas

Registration Fees

Full conference registration includes all education sessions, evening events (Monday Welcome Reception at the Sand Bar, Tuesday dinner event at Louie’s Backyard and Wednesday dinner event at Clayton’s Beach Bar) and the Awards Banquet (Thursday night).

Conference Registration Fees Early Registration
by May 24
Registration
after May 24
Member (full conference and events) $200 $250
Non-Member (full conference and events) $260 $300
Spouse/Guest Pass (admits to all evening events and Banquet) $100 $100
Child Pass (admits to all evening events and Banquet) $50 $50

Á la carte Education Sessions

Day passes are $25 for half day (morning or afternoon) and $50 per day (morning and afternoon). Day passes do not include admission to evening events.

Resistance Response Simulator

The Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool (TAC RMP) will provide its Resistance Response Simulator for hands-on demonstrations throughout the conference.

Door Prizes

Please bring a door prize from your county.

Vendor Information

Information about being a vendor or sponsor can be found on the County Progress website.

Payment Information

Please make checks payable to Texas Association of Counties.

Mail checks to:

JPCA Annual Education Conference
c/o Texas Association of Counties
P.O. Box 2711
San Antonio, TX 78299

Isla Grand Beach Resort (HOTEL FULL)
500 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
(956) 761-6511
(800) 292-7704
Group Reservation Code: 0619JPCA19

Rates

$139 plus tax for cabanas
$279 plus tax for 2-bedroom condos

The Isla Grand Beach Resort, host hotel, will start accepting room reservations for this conference beginning Friday, March 1.

For hotel reservations at the Isla Grand Beach Resort, call (956) 761-6511 or (800) 292-7704 and request space in the “JPCA room block” to receive the special room rate of $139 for cabanas and $279 for 2-bedroom condos per night, plus tax.

You can also reserve your room online at www.islagrand.com and add the reservation code 0619JPCA19 to access rooms in the room block.

The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is May 24, or until the block is full. Group rates are available only for the nights of June 22-28.

Parking Rates

Self-parking is complimentary.

Overflow Hotels

Comfort Inn (HOTEL FULL)
912 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
(956) 772-9020

Rate: $117 per night plus tax
Room Type: Double queen beds
Call hotel directly and ask for a room in the “Justice of the Peace Conference” room block.

Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts
100 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
(956) 761-1160
(855) 472-3262

Rates:
Sunday, June 23--$139 plus tax per night
Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28--$169 plus tax per night

No resort fee
Group Name: JPCA Conference
Group ID: 681665
Call hotel at and ask for the Justices of the Peace and Constables room block.

Guests staying at this hotel can purchase tickets to access Schlitterbahn Waterparks for discounted price of $34 per person, per day (40% saving over regular admission). Tickets can be purchased at the hotel front desk.

La Copa Inn
350 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
(956) 761-6000

Rate: $186 plus tax per night
Call and ask to be placed under the JPCA rate.

Pearl South Padre
310 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island
(956) 761-6551

Rate: $199 plus $15 resort fee plus additional taxes
Ask for the JPCA room block rate

Monday, June 24
7-9 a.m. JPCA Beach Run (5K) ($20) (depending on weather)
Sponsored by: Texas Apartment Association
8 a.m.-noon JPCA Fishing Tournament ($30) (depending on weather)
Meet in Isla Grand Beach Resort Lobby by 7:30 a.m. Transportation to the boat will be provided.
6 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Sand Bar
Rainout location: Hotel Quarter Deck
Sponsored by: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Tuesday, June 25
6-8 p.m. Dinner event at Louie's Backyard
Sponsored by: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Wednesday, June 26
6-10 p.m. Burger Bash at Isla Grand Hotel Sand Bar
8 p.m.-midnight JPCA Jam Session at Isla Grand Hotel Sand Bar
Sponsored by: nCourt
Thursday, June 27
7:30-9 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
Sponsored by: iDocket.com
6-7 p.m. President's Reception
7-9 p.m. Installation and Awards Banquet
Monday, June 24
7-9 a.m. JPCA Beach Run (5K) ($20) (depending on weather)
Sponsored by: Texas Apartment Association
8 a.m.-noon JPCA Fishing Tournament ($30) (depending on weather)
Meet in Isla Grand Beach Resort Lobby by 7:30 a.m. Transportation to the boat will be provided.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
Noon-5 p.m. Registration open
2-5 p.m. Vendors set up
2-5 p.m. Committee meetings
3:30-5 p.m. Budget and Oversight Committee Meeting
6 p.m. Welcome Reception at the Sand Bar
Rainout location: Hotel Quarter Deck
Sponsored by: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
 
Tuesday, June 25
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration open
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors open
8:30-11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony - Business Meeting - Nominations
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Board of Directors/Past Presidents Luncheon
1-5 p.m. Education General Session: JPs/Clerks/Constable Class
1-2 p.m. The History of the Justice of the Peace and Constable
Ms. Thea Whalen, Executive Director, Texas Justice Court Training Center
Join us for a look back through the years of the office of the Justice of the Peace and Constable in Texas. This course will be peppered with interesting characters from Texas and our own JPCA history with insight from past presidents.
2-3 p.m. The Keys to the Commissioners Court
Hon. Rick Bailey, Johnson County Commissioner
Hon. Tramer Woytek, Lavaca County Judge
A County Judge and Commissioner will guide us through their thoughts on best practices for working with your commissioner’s court. We will discuss relationship building and planning for the future.
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment break — visit with vendors
Sponsored by: Texas Apartment Association
3:15-5 p.m. Updates from JPCA at the Capitol
Hon. John Barton, Midland County Justice of the Peace
Hon. Carlos B. Lopez, Travis County Constable
What a year! Join JPCA legislative chairs to discuss the success and results archived at the Capitol this year. This course will provide the background to the new laws and what it means for the association moving into the future.
6-8 p.m. Dinner event at Louie's Backyard
Sponsored by: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
 
Wednesday, June 26
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration open
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Vendors open
9-11 a.m. Education Breakout Sessions (2-hour sessions)
JPs/Clerks Class-Procedural Justice: Fair Treatment Matters
Ms. Emily LaGratta, Director of Procedural Justice Initiatives, Center for Court Innovation


Constables Class-Leadership in a Millennial World
Mr. Jorey Herrscher, CEO, Herrscher Consulting
As we continue to move into the future, we are seeing more and more millennials entering the work force. Come learn how we can better interact with millennials, utilize their strengths, while continuing to mentor them in a positive and meaningful way.
11-11:30 a.m. Refreshment break — visit with vendors
11 a.m. JPCA Legislative Committee Meeting
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1-3 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions (2-hour sessions)
JPs/Clerks Class-Unique Inquest Issues Panel Discussion
This class will feature a discussion covering inquest issues outside of the norm, such as mass fatalities and formal inquest hearings.

Constables Class-Civilian Interaction Training
Mr. Noel Johnson, Legislative Liaison/Government Affairs, Texas Municipal Police Association

This session dealing with proper behaviors during traffic stops is required training for all Texas peace officers by July 2020. There will be examples of police/civilian interactions.
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment break
Sponsored by: McCreary Veselka Brag & Allen, PC
3:15-4 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions
JPs/Clerks Class-Mass Fatality Response in Texas
Ms. Allison C. Reese, Manager of Emergency Management, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

This session will address mass fatality response operational objectives and the support available through the Texas Mass Fatality Operations Response Team.

Constables Class-Civilian Interaction Training (continued)
4-5 p.m. JPs/Clerks Class-Inherent Vice: Criminal Offenses
Mr. Bronson Tucker, Director of Curriculum and Staff Attorney, Texas Justice Court Training Center

This class will cover the seedier side of justice court criminal law, including offenses related to gambling and alcohol.

Constables Class-Civilian Interaction Training (continued)
6-8 p.m. Burger Bash at Isla Grand Hotel Sand Bar
8 p.m.-midnight JPCA Jam Session at Isla Grand Hotel Sand Bar
Sponsored by: nCourt
 
Thursday, June 27
7:30-9 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
Sponsored by: iDocket.com
9-11:30 a.m. Business Meeting
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1-5 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions
1-2 p.m. JPs/Clerks Class-Best Practices for Responding to Judicial Conduct Complaints
Mr. Randall Sarosdy, General Counsel, Texas Justice Court Training Center

While you hope it never happens, if a judicial conduct complaint is ever filed on you, you should be prepared on how to respond. This class will address best practices in responding to a complaint.

Constables Class-Officer Involved Shooting
Texas Ranger Panel

This four-hour class will detail the step-by-step process on how the Texas Rangers investigate officer-involved shootings.
2-3 p.m. JPs/Clerks Class-Proud to be an American: Making the Jury Experience Meaningful
Mr. Randall Sarosdy, General Counsel, Texas Justice Court Training Center

Every juror and prospective juror in your courtroom is a fellow citizen (and voter). How can you make sure their experience is a positive one? This class will help you accomplish that important goal!

Constables Class-Officer Involved Shooting (continued)
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment break
3:15-5 p.m. JPs/Clerks Class-Drug-Impaired Driving
Ms. Amber Trueblood, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Crash Analytics Program
This session on drug-impaired driving in the U.S. and Texas will provide an overview of the problem, including important statistics. In addition, the session will examine the most commonly detected drugs involved in fatal crashes.

Constables Class-Officer Involved Shooting (continued)
6-7 p.m. President's Reception
7-9 p.m. Banquet Keynote Speaker— Mr. Chet Garner, actor and host of "The Daytripper"
 
Friday, June 28
9-11 a.m. Education General Session
9-11 a.m. Sovereign Citizens
Mr. Jorey Herrscher, CEO, Herrscher Consulting
Sovereign Citizens live by the goal of disrupting government, and they will whenever possible. They literally come in contact with every facet of government, but none more than our police and judges who deal with traffic and eviction cases. Learn how they think, why they think it and how this basic understanding can shape the way you respond to them.
11 a.m. Closing remarks

*Agenda subject to change

The conference offers up to 16 hours of continuing education for constables, justices of the peace and court personnel. Education sessions are provided by the Texas Justice Court Training Center.

Please note the education sessions for justices of the peace will satisfy the County and District Court Technology Fund’s purpose to pay the cost of continuing education and training for county court, statutory county court, or district court judges and clerks regarding technological enhancements.

Conference fees are fully transferable to other participants, upon request. All conference registration refund requests must be received in writing before June 1 to receive a full refund, less a $50 administrative fee. Refund requests after June 1 will not be honored.

Please send an email to Sam Burke or fax notice of your cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

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