South Padre Island

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FY 2013 South Padre Island Clerks Agenda

April 29-May 1, 2013
The Pearl South Padre Hotel
310 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, TX 78597


Introduction (Agenda, Participant Roster, Board and Staff Roster)

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)


Day 1 - Monday, April 29, 2013

12:00 - 5:00 pm Registration
1:00 - 5:00 pm Level I Preparation Course: Clerk Certification Study Session
Sandra Ma, Clerk, City of Dalworthington Gardens
1:00 - 5:00 pm Level II Preparation Course: Clerk Certification Study Session
Sue Kennedy, Court Manager, City of Lewisville
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Session: Tools for Effective Court Administration
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Katie Tefft, Program Director, TMCEC

Additional Handout

Day 2 - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

8:00 - 9:25 am

Sovereign Citizens: Threats to Our Courts?
David Hamilton, Prosecutor, City of Reno-Lamar County

9:40 - 10:30 am

Fun with Fees
Katie Tefft, Program Director, TMCEC

Additional Handout

10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Internal Controls: Keeping Tabs on the Court's Cash
Leah Huff, Former Municipal Court Administrator and Court Software Implementation Consultant, Keller
  TRACK A - Juveniles
TRACK B - Procedures
TRACK C - Shared
1:00 - 1:55 pm ABC's in Municipal Court: An Elementary Exploration of the Alcoholic Beverage Code*
Sue Kennedy, Court Manager, City of Lewisville

So You Think You Can’t Be Sued? A Primer on Immunity for Clerks
Erin Higginbotham, Attorney, Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, P.C., Austin

Additional Handout


Foreign Language Interpreters
Carrie Chavez, Attorney, Dallas

2:05 - 2:55 pm Juveniles Behind the Wheel: Laws for Young Drivers*
Mara Dudley, Court Administrator, City of Llano
Dissecting DSC*
Luevada Posey, Court Operations Supervisor, City of Cedar Park

Talking to Your Town (DRSR)*

Lindsey Mena, Juvenile Case Coordinator, City of

San Marcos

3:05 - 3:55 pm Dealing with JNAs (Juveniles Now Adults)
Victoria Jaramillo Medley, Court Administrator, City of Amarillo

The MVP of Jury Trials
Leah Huff, Former Municipal Court Administrator and Court Software Implementation Consultant, Keller

Understanding 3rd Party Collections 
Glenn Lewis, Judge, City of  Forest Hill

4:05 - 5:00 pm Transfer of Juvenile Cases
Shelai Mullins, Juvenile Case Manager, City of McKinney

The New Laws of Disqualification and Recusal 
Cathy Riedel, Senior Associate, Bojorquez Law Firm, PLLC

Understanding Omnibase and Scofflaw*
Brenna McGee, TxDOT
Grant Administrator &
Program Attorney, TMCEC

* Denotes Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives (MTSI) or Driving on the Right Side of the Road (DRSR) curriculum funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013

8:00 - 12:00 pm

Distracted Driving: Federal, State, and Local Response*

Katie Tefft, Program Director, TMCEC

9:25 - 10:35 pm Intoxicated Driving*
Ray Dittrich, SFST Program Manager, Texas Municipal Police Association
10:50 - 12:00 pm

Alive @ 25*
John Brady, Executive Director, Texas Alive Team

Additional Handout


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The top three icons contain the information traditionally located in the front of the binders, back when binders were distributed. The agenda can be found in each of these files: Introduction, Course Information, and Faculty Information. Each participant will be given a copy of the agenda and the course information in their packet. If you would like to print out the cover page or participant roster, click on the Introduction file, and if you would like to print out the faculty roster and faculty biographies, click on the Faculty Information file.

We encourage all clerks to review the materials prior to the conference to either print them out or make your own determination as to what materials you would like to print. Most classes include either a copy of the powerpoint presentation, an outline, or interactive notes as the materials that will be covered in the class. Many of the faculty also include supplemental materials, such as forms, charts, or articles. Internet access may not be available at all the schools, but for those who prefer to view the materials over a laptop or tablet computer, we encourage you to download the files prior to coming to the seminar so you are ensured access to them during class. The TMCA/TMCEC Board of Directors has graciously made a flash drive containing the PDF files of all course materials available to each participant at each seminar. Those with a USB port on a laptop computer can also open the files at the seminar through this flashdrive.