Spring Judicial Education Session

March 27 - 29, 2019

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

For more information contact Allyssa Lee​ 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 Spring Education Session of the Texas Judicial Academy will give you an excellent opportunity to fellowship with and learn from judges from across the state discussing a wide range of topics that impact your judicial duties. The County Judges Education Advisory Committee has designed a curriculum that 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.


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, judges may be reimbursed for attendance to the Spring 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 reimbursedReimbursement may be provided for county judges only.

Who Should Attend

County Judges


Early conference registration is $125 through March 11. After March 11, 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.

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 March 11.

Thursday, March 28
5:30 p.m. Reception Honoring the Fellows of the Judicial Academy

*Agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, March 26
2-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
Wednesday, March 27
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8 a.m. - noon Sessions
Noon Lunch on Your Own
1-5:30 p.m. Sessions
5:30 p.m. Recess
Thursday, March 28
7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8 - 11:30 a.m. Sessions
11:30 a.m. Lunch on Your Own
1-5 p.m. Sessions
5 p.m. Recess
5:30 p.m. Reception Honoring the Fellows of the Judicial Academy
Friday, March 29
7:30-11:30 a.m. Registration Desk Open
8-11:30 a.m. Sessions
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change.

The Spring 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.

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) on or before March 13 (less $10 administrative fee). Cancellations and refunds after March 13 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after April 12.
Please email Adrienne Bethke at adrienneb@county.org or send fax to (512) 477-1324 to cancel your conference registration.

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