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FY 2017 Clerks Agenda

November 15-17, 2016
Omni Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, TX 78744


Full Course Materials

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)


Day 1 -  November 15, 2016

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 5:00 p.m.






Special Topics Session
Focus: Fines, Fees, and Costs

- Effective Practices for Courts
- Written Documentation
- Where Are We Heading?

Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
Regan Metteauer, Program Attorney, TMCEC


Day 2 - November 16, 2016

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

8:10 - 9:20 a.m.

Toward the Goal of Justice: Procedural Fairness and Public Confidence
Pat Riffel, Court Administrator, City of Friendswood

9:20 - 9:35 a.m.


9:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Texas Department of Public Safety Update*
Amy Calhoun, Program Supervisor III, Conviction Reporting, Department of Public Safety
Timothy Preece, DRP Program Administrator, Department of Public Safety

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Tickets are for Concerts: Dissecting the Citation*
Ryan Henry, Attorney At Law, The Law Office of Ryan Henry, PLLC

12:00 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch
Court Issues
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Pennies & Paper Pigs: Taking Payments
Jaime Brew, Court Administrator, City of Sugar Land

Exploring Attitudes, Stereotypes, and Biases
Leah Huff, Former Court Administrator, City of Southlake

Making Sense of the License - Current Driver License Issues*
Esmeralda Pena Garcia, Judge, City of Houston

2:05 - 2:50 p.m.

Judged by Your Words: Language and The Law
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Indigence in a Box: Charts, Checklists, and Forms
Leah Huff, Former Court Administrator, City of Southlake

Data Miners & Open Records
Zindia Thomas, Assistant General Counsel, Texas Municipal League


3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

The Court Abides: Penalties & Punishments*
Bianca Bentzin, Chief Prosecutor, City of Austin

Managing, Retaining, and Destroying Records
(3:05 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Bonnie Zuber, Government Information Analyst, Texas State Library and Archives

Erica Wilson, Government Information Analyst, Texas State Library and Archives

Community Service* 
Tracie Glaeser, Program Coordinator, TMCEC

Community Service Calculator

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Certification: This is a Test – It’s Only a Test!
Landra Hudson-Solansky, Court Administrator, City of Seguin

Courts Reaching Out to Underserved Populations (DRSR/MTSI)*
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Day 3 - November 17, 2016

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:55 a.m. Questions Answered #
TMCEC Attorneys
Data Security: Getting the Court Back Online+#
Casey Kennedy, Director, Information Services, Office of Court Administration
9:10 - 10:05 a.m. Insurance Laws
Fred Garcia, Clerk of the Court, City of San Antonio

Beyond the Day to Day: Additional Activity Reporting+
Hilda Cuthbertson, Consultant, Bojorquez Law Firm

10:05 - 10:20 a.m.


10:20 - 10:50 a.m.

Certification & Clerk Program Update
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC

 10:50 - 12:00 noon Beyond Lessons Learned: Addressing Change in Municipal Court
Mary Jane Grubb, Court Clerk, City of Austin

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Clerk Certification Testing

Administrator: Tracie Glaeser, Program Coordinator, TMCEC

*Indicates TxDOT Traffic Safety Grant Related Curriculum
+ Indicates curriculum with a focus on court security
# Indicates a shared track open to both clerks and judges