Fall Judicial Education Session

November 17 - 20, 2020

Virtual Conference

The well-being and safety of TAC’s members is our first priority. In responding to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19, we have transformed the Fall Judicial Education Session into a virtual event.

The Fall Judicial Education Session of the Texas Judicial Academy will give judges an excellent opportunity to safely learn and connect with judges from across the state. The County Judges Education Advisory Committee has specifically designed the curriculum and discussion points for current constitutional judges. The curriculum addresses new issues, reviews core topics, and offers insights to new programs being used around the state.

Accessing the Virtual Event
Once judges have registered for the Fall Judicial Education Session, a confirmation from TAC will be emailed. A few days before the start of the conference, a personalized email from Accelevents with the access link will be sent to each registered attendee.

Attendees will need to access the internet to join the virtual conference. While almost all internet browsers should allow the access to the conference, Google Chrome is the preferred browser for the best virtual experience. Internet Explorer is not a supported browser and Accelevents will not work in Internet Explorer.
Who Should Attend
County Judges
Conference registration is $50.
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)
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Probate Overview
Noon-1 p.m. Recusals and Judicial Discretion
1-1:10 p.m. Break
1:10-2:10 p.m. Intestate Succession
2:10-2:20 p.m. Break
2:20-3:20 p.m. Wills and Estates
3:20-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Pesky Problems in Probate
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Daily Dilemmas in DW
Noon-1 p.m. Suppression Hearings
1-1:10 p.m. Break
1:10-2:10 p.m. Pretrial Motions and Pleas
2:10-2:20 p.m. Break
2:20-3:20 p.m. Magistrations and Arraignments
3:20-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Predicaments and Prevention: Juvenile DWI and Drug Court
Thursday, Nov. 19
Guardianships and Administrations
Noon-1 p.m. Guardianships
1-1:10 p.m. Break
1:10-2:10 p.m. Bonds, Inventories and Accounting​
2:10-2:20 p.m. Break
2:20-3:20 p.m. Administrations and Heirships​
3:20-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Emergency Detention Orders and Orders of Protection
Friday, Nov. 12
Judicial Issues and Overview
8:30-9:30 a.m. Ethical Dilemmas
9:30-9:40 a.m. Break
9:40-10:40 a.m. Indigent Defense and Pro Se Defendants​
10:40-10:50 a.m. Break
10:50-11:50 a.m. Dockets and Postings
11:50 a.m.-noon Break
Noon-1 p.m. Great Expectations: Looking Forward to the 87th Legislative Session
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 for MCLE credit for attorneys.
The information presented at the Fall Judicial Education Session will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. Recordings and videos will not be accessible after 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.
All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) on or before Nov. 13.
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