Judicial Orientation for New County Judges

January 30 - February 3, 2023

Overton Hotel & Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Ln.
Lubbock, TX 79401

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

Overton Hotel & Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Ln.
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 776-7000

Sponsored by:

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

Overview

The Judicial Orientation for New County Judges is a great opportunity for newly elected judges to meet their peers and other professionals in judicial education. New judges will become acquainted with and proficient in the key functions of their judicial duties. Our goal is for judges to leave the education sessions with ample knowledge and confidence to perform the duties of their office.

Reimbursement

This program is partially funded by a Judicial and 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 to this conference, 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 reimbursement, please call Ashley Royer at (800) 456-5974.

Reimbursements must be submitted to TAC within 60 days of the event.  Any reimbursement received after 60 days will not be reimbursed.

Reimbursement may be provided for county judges only.

Who Should Attend

All county judges with judicial duties who were elected in the 2022 general election, and any judge elected or appointed since Jan. 1, 2019.

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

The registration fee for this conference is $250.

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. 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 Library (ex-officio)
Mr. Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor (ex-officio)

Overton Hotel & Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Ln.
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 776-7000

You may book your room online or by calling (806) 776-7000 and requesting a room in the "TAC New Judges Orientation" room block.

The room rate will be the prevailing state government rate, currently $96 per night for single or double occupancy. This rate may change after the new fiscal year begins on Sept. 1, 2022 based on GSA guidelines but will not exceed the prevailing GSA rate at the time of the conference in January. Once the GSA rate is confirmed in September 2022, we will update this page to reflect any change to the rate if needed.

Sunday, Jan. 29
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
Monday, Jan. 30
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
Tuesday, Jan. 31
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
12-1 p.m. Lunch & Learn Session (lunch provided)
Wednesday, Feb. 1
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
12-1 p.m. Lunch & Learn Session (lunch provided)
Thursday, Feb. 2 - Day at Texas Tech School of Law
7 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8-9 a.m. Transport to Texas Tech University School of Law
9-11:30 a.m. Sessions
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1-5 p.m. Sessions
5:15-6:15 p.m. Reception at Texas Tech
5:30-6:30 p.m. Transport to the Overton Hotel
Friday, Feb. 3
7-11:30 a.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8-11:30 a.m. General Session
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

Agenda is subject to change.

The Judicial Orientation for New County Judges provides 30 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 Type Hours
Judges 30
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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