Virtual Criminal Issues

August 13, 2020

Virtual Event

Thank you for your interest in Virtual Criminal Issues. Online registration has closed. 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.


This session will focus primarily on an essential overview of various criminal cases which may be presented in county court. Topics of discussion will include DWI cases, prosecutions, alternatives to prosecution and innovative court programs and successes in dealing with DWI defendants. The session will also provide important ethical dilemmas and considerations for judges including judicial discretion in various cases that may be presented in court.

  • Judicial Discretion and Ethics – 1 hr
    • Speaker: Hon. M. Sue Kurita
  • DWI Court: Innovative Influence for Counties, Victims & Perpetrators – 1 hr
    • Speaker: Hon. Randy Gray
  • DWI Prosecutions – 1 hr
    • Speaker: Hon. Becky Lange


There will be no reimbursement for this program.

Who Should Attend

The content of this program is directed to constitutional county judges.


There is no cost to attend this virtual meeting.

Meeting Links

We will share the private links to join the meetings with registered attendees one week prior to the event.

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)

Thursday, August 13
1-2 p.m. Judicial Discretion and Ethics
2-3 p.m. DWI Court: Innovative Influence for Counties, Victims & Perpetrators
3-4 p.m. DWI Prosecutions

*Agenda is subject to change

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges 3
Attorneys 3

All cancellation requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable).

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

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