Fall Judicial Education Session

November 16 - 18, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78752

For more information, contact Ashley Royer or Regan Frugé at (800) 456-5974.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 454-3737


The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Tech University School of Law.


The Fall Judicial Education Session of the Texas Judicial Academy will give you an excellent opportunity to learn from and connect with judges from across the state and to discuss a wide range of topics that affect your judicial duties. The County Judges Education Advisory Committee has specifically designed the curriculum and discussion points for current constitutional county judges. The curriculum will not only constitute an in-depth review of core topics but will also address short topics of interest and introduce you to several cutting-edge programs being used successfully in other jurisdictions.


This program is partially funded by a Judicial & Court Personnel Training Fund grant administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In accordance with the grant guidelines, judges may be reimbursed for attendance at the Fall Judicial Education Session, the Spring Judicial Education Session or the Texas College of Probate Judges, up to $750 total per fiscal year.

All travel reservations made through third-party vendors (Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Booking.com, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. For more information on reimbursements, please call Ashley Royer at (800) 456-5974. 

Reimbursement requests must be submitted to TAC within 60 days of the event. Any request received after 60 days will not be reimbursed.

Reimbursement may be provided for county judges only.

Who Should Attend

County judges

To encourage open discussion as well as, to facilitate judicial security precautions, ONLY member judges, that session's speaker, and TAC staff are allowed in the meeting rooms during sessions. This would apply, for example, to guests, assistants, spouses, etc. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this policy.

Registration Information

Registration will open on Sept. 7 at the start of the new fiscal year. The registration fee for this conference is $125.

Registration fees are voluntary and used for expenses that are unallowable or are insufficiently covered by the Judicial & Court Personnel Training Fund grant. This includes speaker fees, materials, meals and social activities. Fees are deposited in a fund for the education of county judges within the general revenue funds of the Texas Association of Counties.

County Judges Education Advisory Committee

Hon. Don Allred, Chair, Oldham County Judge
Hon. Brett Bray, Blanco County Judge
Hon. Stephanie Davis, Comanche County Judge
Hon. Charlie Falcon, Andrews County Judge
Hon. Lucy Hebron, Wood 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 (ex officio)
Mr. Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor (ex officio)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin
6505 N. I-35
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 454-3737

You may book your room online, or by calling the DoubleTree Hotel at 512-454-3737 and request a room in the “2022 Fall Judicial Education Session” room block. The group rate is available until October 24. After that date, rates are subject to hotel availability.

Room rate: $140 per night, single/double occupancy
Self-Parking: $10 per night

*Please note the hotel has a parking garage with self-parking only. Valet parking is not available at this hotel.

Tuesday, Nov. 15
3-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
Wednesday, Nov. 16
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8-8:15 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
8:15-9:15 a.m. Judicial Discretion and Ethics in Election Years
9:30-10:30 a.m. Legislative Session: A Look Forward
10:45-11:45 a.m. Retiring Judges Panel
Noon-1 p.m. Working Lunch- DWI Pre-trial & Sentencing Options Discussion by Counties
1:30-2:30 p.m. Mental Health: Diversion Programs
2:15-3:15 p.m. Mental Health Pre-trial & Specialty Courts
3:30-4:30 p.m. Guardianship Docket Management
Thursday, Nov. 17
7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Juvenile Hearings: Detention to Adjudication
9:15-10:15 Judgment Nisis, Bond Forfeitures
10:30-11:30 a.m. Contempt Hearings
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1-2:30 p.m. Senate Bill 6: Damon Allen Act
2:45-4:15 p.m. Legislative Update: SB 6 & the Public Safety Reporting System
4:30-5:30 Considerations for Setting Bail
6-8 p.m. Fellows Recognition and Retiring Judges Dinner
Friday, Nov. 18
7 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7–8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8-9 a.m. Rules of Evidence
9:15-11:15 a.m. Mock DWI Jury Trial
11:15 a.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change.

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 to determine MCLE credit for attorneys.

Continuing Education Types Hours
Judges 16
Attorneys Pending

Please email Regan Frugé to cancel your conference registration. You may also fax a notice of cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

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