Galveston (January 29-31, 2017)

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FY 2017 Clerks Agenda

January 29 -31, 2017
San Luis Resort
5222 Seawall Blvd
| Galveston, TX 77551|


Full Course Materials

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)


Day 1 -  January 29, 2017

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 5:00 p.m.






Special Topics Session
Focus: Fines, Fees, and Costs

Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC
Regan Metteauer, Program Attorney, TMCEC


Day 2 - January 30, 2017

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

DOJ Letter

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.

Dissecting the Citation
Ashley McSwain, Assistant City Attorney, City of Van Alstyne

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's License Issues*
Matt Dixon, Assistant City Attorney, City of Arlington

2:05 - 2:50 p.m.

Insurance Laws*
Fred Garcia, Clerk of the Court, City of San Antonio

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

Data Miners & Open Records
Laura Mueller, Associate Attorney, Bojorquez Law Firm


3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

The Court Abides: Penalties & Punishments*
Edward Spillane, Presiding Judge, City of College Station

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

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!
Elaine Brown, Retired Court Administrator, City of Katy

Courts Making Their Communities Safer*
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Day 3 - January 31, 2017

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:55 a.m. Beyond the Day to Day: Additional Activity Reporting
Carol Gauntt, Associate Judge, City of Weatherford
Data Security: Getting the Court Back Online+
Casey Kennedy, Director, Information Services, Office of Court Administration
9:10 - 9:30 a.m.


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Language and the Law
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
 10:50 - 12:00 noon Beyond Lessons Learned: Addressing Change in Municipal Court
Victoria Jaramillo Medley, Court Administrator, City of Amarillo

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

Administrator: Pat Riffel, Court Administrator, City of Friendswoof

*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