2022 County and District Clerks' Association of Texas Winter Conference

January 24 - 27, 2022

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center
3100 Town Center Trail
Denton, TX 76201

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

Join the County and District Clerks' Association of Texas at its 2022 Winter Conference, scheduled for Jan. 24-27 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center in Denton.

County clerks, district clerks and combination clerks can earn continuing education credits to help fulfill their annual CE requirements. An integral part of this meeting will be the opportunity to network with your fellow clerks and exchange ideas that are helpful to you and your county. Conference sessions and speakers will offer comprehensive information on popular topics, upcoming changes that affect you directly, and areas of high interest in the clerk profession.

This year's conference theme is an extension of the CDCAT fall conference: CDCAT, A Community in Service. Living through the challenges that result from the current pandemic has not been easy, but we must focus on things we can control, and being a servant leader is a choice we all have. Keynote speaker and leadership expert Jim Bearden will address how we can use our leadership skills to build a community in service.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from exceptional speakers and explore Denton!

Registration Fees
Full conference registration includes all education sessions, meals and breaks.

  Early Registration
by Jan. 2
after Jan. 2
Clerk/Deputy Registration $200 $225
Retired Clerk Package $100  
Corporate Attendee $500  
On-Site Registration $200  
One-Day Registration $100  

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. Lisa Johnson, President
Combination Clerk - Hemphill County

Hon. Patti L. Henry, Vice President
District Clerk - Chambers County

Hon. Julie Smith, Secretary
County Clerk - Potter County

Hon. Velva L. Price, Secretary
District Clerk - Travis County

Hon. Stacey Kemp, Immediate Past President
County Clerk - Collin County

The host hotel is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center. You must register for the conference to obtain hotel reservation information.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center (HOTEL FULL)
3100 Town Center Trl.
Denton, TX
Room Rate: King/queen $149 per night plus tax

Overflow Hotels
*We currently don’t have a block set up with a fixed rate for the hotels below.  Please know that rates may change.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Denton
2900 W University Dr
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 384-1700

Holiday Inn Express
4485 NORTH I-35

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Denton - University Drive
4465 North I 35
Denton, Texas 76207

Courtyard Marriott Denton
2800 Colorado Blvd
Denton, Texas 76210

If you need special accommodations, please contact Luz Hinojosa at (800) 456-5974.

Please note: As in years past, CDCAT anticipates that the room block will fill quickly. In the event the block becomes full, a waitlist will be kept on a first-come, first-served basis. To be placed on the waitlist, contact Sam Burke at samb@county.org or (800) 456-5974. You will be contacted when a room becomes available.

Host Hotel Room Cancellations
If you need to cancel a room reservation, please do not cancel directly with the hotel. Contact Sam Burke at (800) 456-5974 to cancel your host hotel reservation. This will help move fellow attendees off the waitlist. We kindly request that you not post your reservation on the CDCAT listserv, because this action hinders waitlist management.

Parking at Host Hotel
Complimentary self-parking.

Wednesday, Jan. 26
6:30-10 p.m. Banquet
Monday, Jan. 24
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
1:30-2:30 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m. (repeat session)
Clerk User Group Meeting – Clerk Networking by Case Management System (CMS)
Attendees will divide into groups based on their individual CMS interests. Join your fellow clerks for an interactive discussion of topics specific to each CMS system. A panel of seasoned clerks who use each CMS system will share their knowledge and experiences, and they will answer questions.
1:30-4:45 p.m.

Clerk 101/102: Orientation and Training
Attendees will hear from subject matter experts in human resources, media and public relations, and ethics.

Ms. Michele Arseneau, Senior HR Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Mr. Paul Miles, Associate General Counsel, Texas Association of Counties
Mr. Cary Roberts, Media Relations Officer, Casteel & Roberts

3:30-3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:45-4:45 p.m. Mentorship Program Overview
Tuesday, Jan. 25
8-8:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Silent Auction
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening General Session
Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
Pledge of Allegiance/Texas Pledge
8:45-9:30 a.m. Intro to the CDCAT
Hon. Lisa Johnson, Hemphill County Combination Clerk
Hon. Velva L. Price, Travis County District Clerk
Hon. Clarissa Webster, Ector County District Clerk
9:30-10 a.m. Refreshment Break With Vendors
10-11 a.m. Making the Laws and How They Impact the County
Mr. Cary Roberts, Media Relations Officer, Casteel & Roberts
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Human Resources: FMLA
Ms. Michele Arseneau, Senior HR Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
12:30-2 p.m.    Lunch on Your Own
2-3:30 p.m. Keynote: Leadership for Building a Community in Service
Mr. Jim Bearden, Bearden Resource Group
3:30-4 p.m. Refreshment Break With Vendors
4-5:30 p.m. Reporting
Ms. Sheri Woodfin, Court Consultant, Office of Court Administration
Wednesday, Jan. 26
  General Session
8:30-10 a.m. Cybersecurity
Mr. Casey Kennedy, Director of Information Services, Office of Court Administration
10-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break With Vendors
10:30 a.m.-noon Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) and National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) — Reporting for Mental Assessments
Mr. Craig Lopez, CJIS Auditor III, Texas Department of Public Safety
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
1:30-2:30 p.m. Fee Changes Q&A
Hon. Patti L. Henry, Chambers County District Clerk
2:30-3 p.m. Refreshment Break With Vendors (Silent Auction ends)
3-4 p.m. Legal Information vs. Legal Advice
Hon. Sharena Gilliland, Parker County District Clerk
4-5 p.m. eFile
6-10 p.m. Banquet Dinner
Thursday, Jan. 27
8-11 a.m. Information Desk Open
8:30-9:15 a.m. What I Wish I Knew About Commissioners Court When I Was A Clerk
9:15-10 a.m. Campaigning Do’s and Don’ts
Texas Ethics Commission
10-10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15-11 a.m. Roundtable Discussions
District Clerk Roundtable
County Clerk Roundtable
Combination Clerk Roundtable

*Agenda subject to change

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 Pending

Conference registration is transferable to another person within your organization without additional charge. Cancellation refund requests received in writing (email and fax acceptable) by Sunday, Jan. 2, will be granted, minus a $10 administration fee. We are unable to honor refund requests received after Jan. 2.

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

Please contact Sarah Lazarowitz, events director with County Progress, for questions about exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, at (325) 673-4822, ext. 2121.

You can also visit the County Progress CDCAT conference page for exhibitor registration details.

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