South Padre Island (May 1-3, 2017)

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FY 2017 South Padre Island Clerks Agenda

May 1-3, 2017
Isla Grand Beach Resort
500 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597


Full Course Materials

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)


Day 1 -  May 1, 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
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC


Day 2 - May 2, 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, Department of Public Safety
Melissa Eager, Program Supervisor III, Department of Public Safety

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Dissecting the Citation
Ashley McSwain, Attorney, Messer, Rockefeller, and Fort - The Municipal Law Firm

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

Pennies & Paper Pigs: Taking Payments
Matt Freeman, Court Administrator, City of Freer

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

Data Miners & Open Records
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton

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

Making Sense of the License: Current Driver's License Issues*
Lisa Howard, Court Administrator, City of Hurst


3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

The Court Abides: Penalties & Punishments*
Artin DerOhanian, Senior Associate Attorney, Law Office of Ryan Henry

Managing, Retaining, and Destroying Records
(3:05 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Erica Wilson-Lang, Senior Government Information Analyst Records Management Assistance, 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!
Debbie Landrum, Court Administrator, City of Little Elm

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

Day 3 - May 3, 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

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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

10:30 - 10:30 a.m.

10:45 - 12:00 9.m.

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: 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