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    Probate Academy

    • May 08, 2024 - May 10, 2024
    • 07:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Moody Gardens Hotel
      7 Hope Blvd.
      Galveston, TX 77554
    • Contact Ashley Royer or Regan Williams at (800) 456‑5974.
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    Probate Academy

    Sponsored by:

    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, 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 exchange of practical solutions to common problems is encouraged.

    Who Should Attend

    The content of this program is designed for constitutional county judges, elected clerks and court personnel responsible for setting and deposing of probate and guardianship cases.


    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, reimbursement may be provided for grant-allowable meals, lodging and transportation up to $750 per fiscal year.

    All travel reservations made through third party vendors (,,, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. For more information on reimbursement, please call Michele Mund 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 no more than two attendees per county: the county judge and one clerk or clerk personnel.

    Registration Information

    The registration fee for this conference is $150. Enrollment is subject to the receipt of registration fees from each participant. The tuition portion of the registration fee is $60 and provides for program costs and meals. Pursuant to grant conditions, tuition will be returned to the grant to be spent as restricted funds. The TAC overhead assessment fee portion of the registration fee is $90 and is a voluntary fee deposited into TAC's private fund account and is used for unrestricted program-related expenses that the grant cannot cover. If you or your county cannot pay these fees, please contact Regan Williams at to receive a waiver.

    If you have any questions, please call TAC Judicial Education at (800) 456‑5974.


    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, TAC President, 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/District Clerk
    Hon. Shelley Coston, Bell County Clerk
    Hon. Heidi Easley, Victoria County Clerk
    Hon. Donece Gregory, Tyler County Clerk
    Hon. Jennifer Martin, Ector County Clerk
    Hon. Karen McQueen, Brazos County Clerk
    Hon. Barbara Steffek, Brazos County Clerk
    Hon. Karren Winter, Archer County Clerk