Judicial Orientation for New County Judges

January 28 - February 1, 2019

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401

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 Judicial Orientation for New County Judges is a great opportunity for newly elected judges to meet their peers and other professionals in judicial education. New judges will become acquainted with and proficient in the key functions of their judicial duties. Our goal is for judges to leave the education sessions with ample knowledge and confidence to perform the duties of their office.

Reimbursement

This program is partially funded by a Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund Grant administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. County judges may be reimbursed at the General Services Administration (GSA) rates for allowable travel, lodging, and meal expenses.

Flight and hotel reservations are not reimbursable through third-party vendors such as Expedia, Hotwire, etc. 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 only.

Who Should Attend

All county judges with judicial duties who were elected in the 2018 general election, and any judge elected or appointed since Jan. 1, 2015.

Registration

Early conference registration is $250 through Jan. 15. After Jan. 15, registration is $275.

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.

County Judges Education Advisory Committee

Hon. Wes Suiter, Chair, Angelina 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
Hon. Becky A. Wilbanks, Cass County Judge
Ms. Jamie Baker, Associate Law Librarian and Interim Director, Texas Tech University School of Law Library (ex-officio)
Ms. Alyson Drake, Assistant Director for Public Services, Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program, and Assistant Law Librarian, Texas Tech University School of Law (ex-officio)

Overton Hotel & Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Ln.
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 776-7000

For reservations, call (806) 776-7000 and request space in the Texas Association of Counties room block. Single rooms at the prevailing GSA rate of $94 are limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline for these guaranteed room rates is Jan. 11.

Wednesday, Jan. 30
5:15 p.m. Reception

*Agenda is subject to change.

Sunday, Jan. 27
2-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
Monday, Jan. 28
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-11:45 a.m. Sessions
11:45 a.m. Lunch on Your Own
1-5:15 p.m. Sessions
5:15 p.m. Recess
Tuesday, Jan. 29
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8 - 11:20 a.m. Sessions
11:20 a.m. Lunch & Learn Session
1-5 p.m. Sessions
5 p.m. Recess
Wednesday, Jan. 30
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Transport to Texas Tech University School of Law
9-11:30 a.m. Sessions
11:30 a.m. Lunch and Address from the Dean
1-5:15 p.m. Sessions
5:15 p.m. Recess
5:15-6:15 p.m. Reception
5:15-6:45 p.m. Transport to Overton Hotel & Conference Center
Thursday, Jan. 31
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8 - 11:20 a.m. Sessions
11:20 a.m. Lunch & Learn Session
1-5:30 p.m. Sessions
5:30 p.m. Recess
Friday, Feb. 1
7 a.m.-noon Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m.-noon Sessions
Noon Adjourn

Agenda is subject to change.

The Judicial Orientation for New County Judges provides 30 hours of judicial education credit for constitutional county judges. Application is pending with the State Bar of Texas to determine MCLE credit for attorneys.

Special Notice

State law requires that new judges with judicial responsibilities attend 30 hours of judicial continuing education during their first twelve months in office. This 30-hour course is a one-time offering and is an excellent opportunity to fulfill that requirement.

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) on or before Jan. 15 (less $10 administrative fee). Cancellations and refunds after Jan. 15 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after Feb. 15.

Please email Adrienne Bethke at adrienneb@county.org or send fax to (512) 477-1324 to cancel your conference registration.
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