County Court Assistants Training Conference

February 19 - 21, 2020

Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
1101 Woodlawn Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78628

For more information contact 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 reimbursed.

Reimbursement 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 Feb. 5. After Feb. 5, 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. Sharon Grant, Glasscock County
Ms. Dana R. Johnson, Lavaca County
Ms. Toni Jones, Yoakum County
Ms. Jan Pigford, Houston County
Ms. Marcia Short, Bandera County

Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
1101 Woodlawn Ave.
Georgetown, TX 78628
(737) 444-2700

For reservations, call (737) 444-2700 and request space in the Texas Association of Counties 2020 County Court Assistants Training Conference room block. Rooms at the hotel block rate (single and double) are limited. Please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline to reserve rooms at the special room rate is Jan. 28.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
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 in the New Age
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:45 p.m. Commissioners Court Agenda and Postings
3:45-4 p.m. Break
4-5 p.m. Interpersonal Communications
5 p.m. Recess
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, Feb. 20
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8:30-9:30 a.m. Basics of the Census: It's Not Just the Numbers
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m. Ethics for Court Assistants: Elections, Campaigns, and Ex Parte Communications
10:45-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-noon Courthouse Security
Noon-1 p.m. Provided Lunch
1-2 p.m. Diffusing and Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Courthouse
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-3:15 p.m. Open Meetings Act, FOIA Requests, and Record Retention Policies
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Health & Wellness: Managing Stress
4:30 p.m. Recess
Friday, Feb. 21
7:30-11:30 a.m. Registration Desk Open
8-9 a.m. Changes and Cases Management in Probate, Guardianship, and Juvenile Cases
9-9:15 a.m. Break
9:15-10:15 a.m. Cybersecurity
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:30 a.m. Legislative Update
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change.

Wednesday, Feb. 19
5 p.m. Welcome Reception

No continuing education will be offered for this conference.

All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) on or before Feb. 5 (less $10 administrative fee). Cancellations and refunds after Feb. 5 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to one-half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after Mar. 6.

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

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