County Court Assistants Training Conference

February 13 - 15, 2019

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Ln.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Thank you for your interest in the County Court Assistants Training Conference. Online registration has closed, but you may still register onsite. For more information contact Allyssa Lee​ or Adrienne Bethke at (800) 456-5974.​​​

Sponsored By

The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Tech University School of Law.


The County Court Assistants Training Conference presents an opportunity for the county judge’s staff to learn more about the management and operation of judicial and administrative procedures of the judge’s office. Our goal is for each person to leave this conference better equipped to assist the county judge in his/her judicial and administrative duties.


This program is partially funded by a Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund Grant administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In accordance with the grant guidelines, county judge personnel (one person per county) may be reimbursed for attendance to the County Court Assistants Training Conference up to $750 total per fiscal year.

All travel reservations made through third party vendors (,,, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. For more information on reimbursement, please call Michele Mund at (800) 456-5974.

Reimbursements must be submitted to TAC within 60 days of the event. Any reimbursement received after 60 days will not be reimbursedReimbursement may be provided for county judges assistants only. Only one registrant per county will be reimbursed.

Who Should Attend

County judge’s secretaries, administrative assistants, and court assistants are encouraged to attend.


Early registration is $125 through Jan. 25. After Jan. 25, registration is $150.

Registration fees are voluntary and used for expenses that are unallowable or are insufficiently covered by the Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund Grant. This includes speaker fees, materials, meals and social activities. Fees collected are deposited to a fund held for county judges’ education within the general revenue funds for the Texas Association of Counties.

Court Assistants Advisory Committee

Ms. Charlene Graff, Chair, Harrison County
Ms. Shannon Burkley, Nacogdoches County
Ms. Dana R. Johnson, Lavaca County
Ms. Toni Jones, Yoakum County
Ms. Meg Nelson, Garza County
Ms. Jan Pigford, Houston County
Ms. Marcia Short, Bandera County

Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Ln.
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-6450
For reservations, call (512) 392-6450. Rooms at the $119 (single and double) rate are limited. Please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline to reserve rooms at the special room rate is Jan. 22.

Wednesday, Feb.13
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception
Wednesday, Feb.13
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
1-1:15 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
1:15-2:15 p.m. The County Budget; Tips, Tricks and Tools for Survival
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:30 p.m. Open Records/Records Retention
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:45 p.m. The Essence of Harmony in the Workplace
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, Feb.14
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8:30-9:30 a.m. Legislative Update
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m. Court Security
10:45-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-noon Open Meetings
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch served
1-2:30 p.m. Anatomy of Cyber Attacks
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. Managing Stress
3:45-4 p.m. Break
4-4:30 p.m. Breakout Discussions
4:30 p.m. Recess for the day
Friday, Feb.15
7:30 a.m.-noon Registration Desk Open
8-9 a.m. Social Media Ethics for Court Assistants
9-9:15 a.m. Break
9:15-10:15 a.m. Commissioners Court Agendas and Postings
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Guardianship Update
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change.

No continuing education credits will be offered for this conference.

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) before Jan. 30 (less $10 administrative fee). Cancellations and refunds after Jan. 30 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after March 1.
Please email Adrienne Bethke or send fax to (512) 477–1324 to cancel your conference registration.

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