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FY 2015 Houston Judges Agenda
REGIONAL JUDGES SEMINAR

March 15-17, 2015
Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079
281.558.8338

 

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)

 

 

Day 1 - Sunday, March 15, 2015

12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration (Pre-Registration Required) 
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference: Implementing Juvenile Justice: Applicable Procedural and Substantive Lawi
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education and Program Attorney, TMCEC
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
Sponsored by TMCEC and TMCA

Day 2 - Monday, March 16, 2015

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
Course Director: Esmeralda Garcia, Judge, City of Houston
8:05 - 9:15 a.m. Disturbing Trends in Alcohol and Drug Abuse*
Gary Teeler, Inspections and Strategic Planning Special Operations, Texas Parks & Wildlife Law Enforcement
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Wearing Many Hats: Conflicts of Interest and Dual Office-Holding Concerns+
(1 hour Ethics)
Erik Nielsen, Staff Counsel, State Commission on Judicial Conduct
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Case Law Update+ (.25 hrs Ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  TRACK A - New & Notable
TRACK B - Foundations
TRACK C - Shared
1:00 - 1:55 p.m. Drones
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education and Program Attorney, TMCEC
Taking Bail+ (.25 hrs Ethics)
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Jury Charges#
David Garza, Presiding Judge, City of Bee Cave

2:05 - 2:55 p.m. Social Hosting*
Dana Jacobson, Presiding Judge, Fair Oaks Ranch
MOEP Reporting
Kimberly Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, Office of Court Administration
Observe a Mock Trial: State v Young*#
Julie Escalante, Presiding Judge, Baytown
3:05 - 3:55 p.m. Notice
Charles Spain, Associate Judge, City of Houston
Judicial Trial Skills+ (2 hour track) (.25 hrs Ethics)
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton
Court Security: Cyber Security#
Robert Barfield, Judge, City of El Lago
4:05 - 5:00 p.m. Scenarios IV+ (.25 hrs Ethics)
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Indigency# (.25 hrs Ethics)
Marian Moseley, Presiding Judge, City of Coppell

Day 3 - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast
  TRACK A TRACK B
 
8:00 - 9:10 a.m. Administrative Search Warrants
Tim Kirwin, Judge, Hedwig Village
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Michelle Richter, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology St. Edward's University

Child Welfare and the IDEA video - Part 1
(must watch Part 1 and 2 for child welfare and IDEA credit)
9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Blood Warrants & Kids*
Esmeralda Garcia, Judge, City of Houston

Weight Violations and Other Federal Motor Carrier Violations
Lester Rorick, Presiding Judge, Pasadena

Child Welfare and the IDEA video - Part 2 (must watch Part 1 and 2 for child welfare and IDEA credit)
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Rise of the Machines+ (.75 hrs Ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, 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.
+ Denotes course that shall be submitted for ethics MCLE credit.
# Denotes a shared course open to both judges and court support personnel


Note on CLE Credit:
If you are seeking CLE credit, rather than taking the judicial exemption, please see TMCEC Registration Desk regarding payment of the voluntary CLE fee.

CLE Credit:
14 hours = all sessions on 3 days, including pre-conference
10.5 hours = 8-5 on Day 2 and 8-12 on Day 3
7 hours = 8-5 on Day 2


Note on Judicial Education Credit:
16 hours for all sessions on 3 days
12 hours = 8-5 on Day 2 and 8-12 on Day 3 OR 1-5 on Day 3
8 hours = 8-5 on Day 2
Why the difference? Judicial education credits include time for breaks.


i This satisfies the requirement for two hours of training pertaining to child welfare and the IDEA for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
ii If both parts of video are watched, this satisfies the requirement for two hours of training pertaining to child welfare and the IDEA for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.
iii If both parts of video are watched, this satisfies the requirement for two hours of training pertaining to child welfare and the IDEA for the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

Funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals