Fall Judicial Education Session

November 20 - 22, 2019

Cavalry Court/The George
200 Century Court
College Station, TX 77840

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.

Overview

The Fall Education Session of the Texas Judicial Academy will give you an excellent opportunity to learn and connect with judges from across the state and discuss a wide range of topics that impact your judicial duties. The County Judges Education Advisory Committee has specifically designed the curriculum and discussion points for current constitutional county judges. The curriculum will not only constitute an in-depth review of core topics, but will also address short topics of interest and introduce you to several new, cutting-edge programs being used successfully in other jurisdictions.

Reimbursement

This program is partially funded by a Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund Grant, administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and a Texas Traffic Safety Grant, administered by the Texas Department of Transportation. In accordance with the grant guidelines, judges may be reimbursed for attendance to the Fall Judicial Education Session, the Spring Judicial Education Session or Texas College of Probate Judges, up to $750 total per fiscal year.

All travel reservations made through third party vendors (Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Booking.com, 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 reimbursed.

Reimbursement may be provided for county judges only.

Who Should Attend

County Judges

Registration

Early conference registration is $125 through Nov. 6. After Nov. 6 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 judge education within the general revenue funds for the Texas Association of Counties.

County Judges Education Advisory Committee

Hon. Becky Wilbanks, Chair, Cass County Judge
Hon. Mark Allen, Jasper County Judge
Hon. Don Allred, Oldham County Judge
Hon. Brett Bray, Blanco County Judge
Hon. Ronnie J. Gordon, Hartley County Judge
Hon. Woodrow “Woody” Gossom, Jr., Wichita County Judge
Hon. Justin Lewis, Hill County Judge
Hon. Francisco Ponce, Dimmit County Judge
Hon. Byron Ryder, Leon County Judge
Hon. Jimmy Sylvia, Chambers County Judge
Ms. Jamie Baker, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Texas Tech University School of Law Library (ex-officio)
Ms. Alyson Drake, Associate Librarian of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law (ex-officio)

Cavalry Court
200 Century Ct.
College Station, TX 77840
(844) 313-7337

For reservations at Cavalry Court, call (844) 313-7337 and request space in the2019 Fall Judicial Education Session room block. Single rooms at the prevailing GSA rate of $107 are limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline for these guaranteed room rates is Nov. 4.

The George
180 Century Ct.
College Station, TX 77840
(844) 599-3871

For reservations at The George, call (844) 599-3871 and request space in the2019 Fall Judicial Education Session room block. Single rooms at the prevailing GSA rate of $107 are limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline for these guaranteed room rates is Nov. 4.

Wednesday, Nov. 20
5:00 p.m. Reception Honoring the Fellows of the Academy
Wednesdsay, Nov. 20
8-8:15 a.m. Call to Order and Introductions
8:15-9:15 a.m. Judicial Discretion and Ethics
9:15-9:30 a.m. Break
9:30-10:30 a.m. Rules of Evidence
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:45 a.m. Suppression Hearings
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1-2 p.m. Juvenile Law: Special Issues and Mental Health
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Heirship Proceedings
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Courtroom Security and Active Shooter Situations
4:30 p.m. Recess
5-6 p.m. Reception Honoring the Fellows of the Academy
Thursday, Nov. 21
8-9 a.m. Pro Se Litigants and Ex Parte Communications
9-9:15 a.m. Break
9:15-10:15 a.m. Traffic Stops and Arrests
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. DWI Pretrial Diversions and Sentencing Options
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch & Learn: Impaired and Distracted Driving Differentiation and Important Considerations
12:45-1 p.m. Break
1-2 p.m. Criminal Overview: Perspectives from the Bench
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Guardianship Law: Special Issues and Mental Health
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Working Countywide on Mental Health Issues and the Sandra Bland Act
4:30 p.m. Recess
Friday, Nov. 22
8-9 a.m. Evictions and Appeals from the Justice Court
9-9:15 a.m. Break
9:15-10:15 a.m. Emergency Detention Orders and Protective Orders
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Judicial Legislative Update
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

The Fall Judicial Education Session provides 16 hours of judicial education credit for constitutional county judges. Application is pending with the State Bar of Texas to determine MCLE credit for attorneys.

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges 16
Attorneys Pending

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) on or before Nov. 4 (less $10 administrative fee). Cancellations and refunds after Nov. 4 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after Dec. 6.

Please email Adrienne Bethke or send fax to (512) 477-1324 to cancel your conference registration.

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