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FY18 Austin Regional Judges Agenda
November 14-16, 2017
Omni Southpark

  Full Course Materials

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

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)

Day 1 - November 14, 2017

12:00 - 5:00 pm  Registration
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Mental Health: Obligated to Act
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton

 2:15 - 5:00 pm

2:15 - 3:45 pm
Gary Teeler, Instructor, Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Dealing with Special Populations
Charles Spain, Judge, City of Houston

Day 2 -  November 15, 2017

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
8:05 - 9:15 a.m.

Legislative Highlights
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education and Program Attorney, TMCEC

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.  Break
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

New Rules of Setting Fines, Community Service, and Enforcement (.25 hours ethics)
Ed Spillane, Presiding Judge, City of College Station 

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.  Break
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Case Law Update and Attorney General options* (.5 hrs Ethics)
Ryan Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  Current Issues
Defendants and the Court Shared Track
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Traffic Law Update*
Regan Metteauer, Program Attorney, TMCEC

Appearances and Pleas
George Thomas, Associate Judge, City of Austin
Stephen Vigorito, Judge, City ofAustin

TABC Update*
Victoria Jaramillo Medley, Court Administrator, City of Amarillo

2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

The Walking Dead*
Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Communicating with Council and the Public(.75 hours ethics)
Tim Kirwin, judge, City of Hedwig Village

Esmeralda Garcia, Associate Presiding Judge, City of Houston

3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

Pam Liston, Presiding Judge, City of Rowlett

Riding Dirty: The Truth about Motorcycles*
Jude Schexnyder, TxDOT Traffic Specialist,TxDOT

Small Court Solutions(.25 hours ethics)
Hilda Cuthbertson, Judge, City of Snook

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Scenarios VII(.25 hours ethics)
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC

Domestic Violence Update
Kim Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, Office of Court Administration

Reaching Out to Your Community: Nuts, Bolts, and Resources* 
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Day 3 - November 16, 2017

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 - 8:55 a.m.

Creating Language Access Plan(Interpreters)

Riccardo Camera, Courtroom Operations Supervisor, City of Austin
Brydan McNeely, Supervisor for the Front Counter, City of Austin

Questions Answered
TMCEC Attorneys

9:10 - 10:05 a.m.

Local Rules & Standing Orders(.25 hours ethics)
Jan Blacklock Matthews, Judge, City of Wilson

Media Relations(.25 ethics hours)
Stewart Milner, Cheif Judge, City of Arlington
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.  Break
10:20 - 11:15 a.m. New Ethical Pitfalls(1 hour ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Endnote: Takeaways for 2018( .25 hours ethics)
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC

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

+ Indicates curriculum with a focus on court security

# Indicates a shared track open to both clerks and judges