Probate Academy

May 10 - 12, 2023

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Ln.
Lubbock, TX 79401

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


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


The Probate Academy is a program designed to meet the educational needs of judges, clerks and other court personnel responsible for setting and disposing of probate and guardianship cases. The course will feature two tracks: one for judges and one for elected clerks and those responsible for daily operations of the probate court. The curriculum has been designed to meet the specific needs of each constituency, emphasizing the duties set forth in the Texas Estates Code and providing opportunities for interactive training and facilitated discussion with other elected officials and county personnel. In addition to in-depth training on core topics, the course encourages the exchange of practical solutions to common problems.


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, reimbursement may be provided for grant-allowable lodging and transportation expenses.

All travel reservations made through third-party vendors (,,, 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 no more than two attendees per county: the county judge and one clerk or clerk personnel.

Who Should Attend

The content of this program is directed to constitutional county judges, elected clerks and court personnel when hearing and deposing of a general jurisdiction probate docket.


The registration fee 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. These include speaker fees, materials, meals and social activities. Fees are deposited in a fund for county judges’ education within the general revenue funds of the Texas Association of Counties.

County Judges Education Advisory Committee

Hon. Stephanie Davis, Chair, Comanche County Judge
Hon. Brett Bray, Blanco County Judge
Hon. Charlie Falcon, Andrews County Judge
Hon. Juan Carlos Guerra, Jim Hogg County Judge
Hon. Lisa Johnson, Hemphill County Judge
Hon. Justin Lewis, Hill County Judge
Hon. Robert Newsom, Hopkins County Judge
Hon. Curtis Parrish, Lubbock 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)

County Clerks Education Advisory Committee for Probate Academy

Hon. Julie Smith, Chair, Potter County Clerk
Hon. CJ Chasco, Swisher County Clerk
Hon. Shelley Coston, Bell County Clerk
Hon. Heidi Easley, Victoria County Clerk
Hon. Janette Green, Palo Pinto County Clerk
Hon. Donece Gregory, Tyler County Clerk
Hon. Jennifer Martin, Ector County Clerk
Hon. Karen McQueen, Brazos County Clerk
Hon. Barbara Steffeck, Lavaca County Clerk
Hon. Karren Winter, Archer County Clerk

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

The room rate will be the prevailing state government rate for 2023, currently $98/night for single/double occupancy. Book your room at the Overton online or call (806) 776-7000 and request a room in the "Probate Academy" room block. This group rate is available until April 24, 2023. After this date, rates are subject to hotel availability.

Cotton Court HotelOVERFLOW HOTEL
1610 Broadway St.
Lubbock, TX 79401
(806) 758-5800

The room rate at the Cotton Court Hotel is $129/night for single or double occupancy. Additional adults are $20 more per adult per night. You may book online or call (806) 758-5800. When calling, request the "2023 Probate Academy" group rate or use the group code 2PA611. This group rate is available until April 17, 2023. After this date, rates are subject to hotel availability.

Wednesday, May 10
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception

Please note all events will take place at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Tuesday, May 9
2-5 p.m. Registration Open
Wednesday, May 10
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
TBD Clerks and Judges Breakout Sessions
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 11
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
TBD Clerks and Judges Breakout Sessions
Friday, May 12
7 a.m.-noon 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. When curriculum is finalized, separate agendas for clerks and judges will be posted.

The Probate Academy provides judicial education credit for constitutional county judges. Application is pending for clerks’ education hours. Application is pending with the State Bar of Texas to determine MCLE credit for attorneys.

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges 16
Clerks Pending
Attorneys Pending

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

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