Virtual County and District Clerks' Association of Texas Winter Conference

February 2 - 4, 2021

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For more information contact Luz Hinojosa or Sam Burke​ at (800) 456-5974.

The 2021 Winter Conference of the County and District Clerks' Association of Texas scheduled for Feb. 1-4 in Denton will be a virtual conference to ensure the safety of attendees. The virtual conference dates are Feb. 2-4. Please review the revised conference agenda for session updates.

This virtual conference is a convenient way to earn continuing education credits via virtual education sessions from the safety of your location. Connected in a virtual platform, as attendees you can expect to learn about comprehensive information on popular topics, upcoming changes that affect you directly, and areas of high interest in the clerk profession. 

County clerks, district clerks and combination clerks can earn continuing education credits to help fulfill their annual education requirements. The opportunity to network with your fellow clerks and exchange ideas that are helpful to you and your county remains an integral part of this meeting.

This year's conference theme is an extension of the CDCAT virtual business meeting theme, "Preserving Our Past, Embracing Our Future." It is such a fitting theme as we adjust to new ways of communicating and providing education for our members, even during a pandemic. Preserving our history and embracing new technologies have allowed us to work with one another to make good decisions for our offices and the Association.

Registration is scheduled to open today, Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Hotel Reservations

The host hotel will automatically cancel all hotel reservations made directly with this host hotel. Please note if you made the reservation through a third party (such as Expedia, Travelocity, etc.) you are responsible for canceling that reservation.

  • Host hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center 

If you are not booked at this hotel, you are responsible for canceling your reservation at any other hotel. We encourage you to call he hotel to double check your cancellation has been arranged.

Registration Fees for Virtual Conference

All conference registrations for the face-to face conference have been canceled, and full refunds will be sent out in the coming weeks. Please register for the virtual conference as we are not transferring the in-person registration to the virtual event.

Full conference registration includes access to all virtual education sessions.

Conference Registration Fees  
Clerk/Deputy Registration $125
Retired Clerk Package $100
One-Day Registration $50

Payment Information

Please make checks payable to the Texas Association of Counties.

Mail checks to:
CDCAT Annual Fall Conference
c/o Texas Association of Counties
P.O. Box 2711
San Antonio, TX 78299

Association Officers

Hon. Stacey Kemp, President
County Clerk — Collin County

Hon. Lisa Johnson, Vice President
Combination Clerk — Hemphill County

Hon. Patti L. Henry, Treasurer
District Clerk — Chambers County

Hon. Julie Smith, Secretary
County Clerk — Potter County

Hon. Laura Hinojosa, Immediate Past President
District Clerk — Hidalgo County

Continuing Education

The conference offers 18 continuing education credits for county, district and combination clerks. Please check back for updates.

Hotel Reservations for In-person Conference

The host hotel will automatically cancel all hotel reservations made directly with this host hotel. Please note if you made the reservation through a third party (such as Expedia, Travelocity, etc.) you are responsible for canceling that reservation.

  • Host hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center 

If you are not booked at this hotel, you are responsible for canceling your reservation at any other hotel. We encourage you to call he hotel to double check your cancellation has been arranged

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Event/Session
9-9:15 a.m. Welcome, Opening
Hon. Stacey Kemp, Collin County Clerk, CDCAT President
9:15-10:15 a.m. Media Relations
Speaker: Ms. Leslie Rhode, Communications Consultant
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break-Log in to next session
10:30-12 p.m. Escheating Funds
Speaker: Ms. Sheri Woodfin, Court Consultant, Office of Court Administration
12:00 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Adobe Tools: Tips and Tricks
Speaker: Ms. Isabel Garcia, Founder and Owner, Double Click Trainers
2:15-2:25 p.m. Break-Log in to next session
2:25-3:25 p.m. e-File
Speaker: Ms. Tracy Hopper, Harris County Assistant Director for IT
3:25-3:35 p.m. Break-Log in to next session
3:35 – 4:50 p.m. CJIS/NICS Reporting
Speaker: Mr. Craig Lopez, CJIS Auditor III, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
 
Wednesday, Feb. 3
Breakouts (1) County Clerks Breakouts (2) District Clerks
9-10 a.m. Archive Plan
Speaker: Hon. Jennifer Lindenzweig, Hunt County Clerk
9-10 a.m. Archive Plan
Speaker: Hon. Patti L. Henry, Chambers County District Clerk
10-10:15 a.m. Break-Log in to next session 10-10:15 a.m. Break-Log in to next session
10:15-11:15 a.m. Cattle Brand (All-Confirmed)
Speakers: Mr. Bryan Yates, Senior Software Systems Analyst, Collin County
Mr. Scott Williamson, Executive Director, Law Enforcement, Brand and Inspection Services, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
10:15-11:15 a.m. Cash Bonds and Registry
Speaker: Hon. Sharena Gilliland, Parker County District Clerk
 
11:15-11:25 Break-Log in to next session
11:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Juvenile
Speaker: Ms. Maggie Ellis, NACC Child Welfare Specialist, TBLS Board Certified-Juvenile Law, Travis County Juvenile Probation Department
12:25-1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30-2:45 p.m. CDCAT Trivia Game
Moderator: Mr. Sam Burke, Education Project Coordinator, Texas Association of Counties
2:45-3 p.m. Lunch on your own
3-4 p.m. Jury/Court Proceedings: Virtual/In Person
Speaker: Mr. David Slayton, Administrative Director, Office of Court Administration
4-5 p.m. Roundtable Discussions (1 hour) (Via Webex)
 
County Clerks
Panel
District Clerks
Panel
Combo Clerks
Panel
 
Thursday, Feb. 4
General Session
8:30- 9:45 a.m. Generational Dynamics
Speaker: Mr. J. Mark Warren, Training Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
9:45-10 a.m. Break-Log in to next session
10-10:45 a.m. HR: Virtual Impact on your County
Speaker: Michele Arseneau, Senior HR Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
10:45-11 a.m. Break-Log in to next session
11 a.m.-12 p.m. OCA Database (Protective Order and Citation by Publication)
Speaker: Ms. Kimberly A.F. Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, State Office of Court Administration
12-1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
2:15-2:30 TRLA
Speakers: Mr. Pablo Javier Almaguer, Attorney, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
Ms. Mary Christine Reed, Director, TRLA
2:25-3:25 p.m. Break-Log in to next session
2:30-3:30 p.m. Eminent Domain
Speakers: Hon. Linda Holman, Colorado County District Clerk
Ms. Shae Keefe, Attorney, Winstead PC
3:30-3:40 p.m. Break-Log in to next session
3:40-4:40 p.m. Legislative Updates
Panel

Application will be made for continuing education credit for county, district and combination clerks. Please check back here for approval updates.

Continuing Education Type Hours
County, District and Combination Clerks 18

Virtual Conference Cancellation

Conference registration is transferable to another person within your organization without an additional charge. Refund requests received in writing (email and fax acceptable) by Friday, Jan. 15, will be granted, minus a $10 administration fee. We are unable to honor refund requests received after Jan. 15. 

Please contact Sam Burke for cancellations at samb@county.org or by fax at (512) 477-1324. 

Hotel Cancellation

The host hotel will automatically cancel all hotel reservations made directly with this host hotel. Please note if you made the reservation through a third party (such as Expedia, Travelocity, etc.) you are responsible for canceling that reservation.

  • Host hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center 

If you are not booked at this hotel, you are responsible for canceling your reservation at any other hotel. We encourage you to call he hotel to double check your cancellation has been arranged.

The virtual conference will not have a virtual exhibit hall. If you registered as a sponsor or vendor for the in-person conference in Denton, please contact Sarah Lazarowitz, Events Director, County Progress, at (325) 673-4822 X2121.

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