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FY 2016 Houston Judges Agenda
REGIONAL JUDGES SEMINAR

February 14-16, 2016
Omni Houston 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

12:00 - 5:00 pm  Registration
1:00 - 3:15 pm

Guns and Texas Law
Peter DeLeef, Judge, City of El Lago

3:15 - 5:00 pm

Surviving an Active Shooter
Michael Macha, Protective Security Advisor - Houston District
Off ice of Infrastructure Protection
US Department of Homeland Security

Day 2

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
Course Director: Bob Richter, Associate Judge, Missouri City
8:10 - 9:15 a.m.

Legislative Highlights*
Julie Escalante, Presiding Judge, City of Baytown
 

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.  Break
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Independence, Integrity, and Fairness: Preserving Ethics in the Judiciary+ (1 hour ethics)
Jacqueline Habersham, Commission Counsel, State Commission on Judicial Conduct
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.  Break
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Case Law Update and Attorney General options* (.25 hrs Ethics)
Ryan Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  Current Issues
Hearing and Trials Shared Track
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Scenarios V* (.25 hrs Ethics)
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Predicates for Evidence
Ed Spillane, Presiding Judge, City of College Station
  





 

 


 





 

 

 

Truancy Transition (.25 hrs Ethics)
Eric ranselben, Associate Judge, Trophy Club
Katie Chancia, Staff Attorney, Harris County Justice Courts 













 

 

 





 

2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

Elder Abuse
Marilyn Miller, Presiding Judge, City of Dripping Springs




 

 







Objections
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education and Program
Attorney, TMCEC
 

 




 

 

Truancy Court: Intake, Adjudication, and Orders
Eric ranselben, Associate Judge, Trophy Club
Katie Chancia, Staff Attorney, Harris County Justice Courts 
 










3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

E-Warrants: A Brave New World
Robert Barfield, Judge, City of El Lago

 

Truancy Court: Enforcement, Appeals, and Records
Eric ranselben, Associate Judge, Trophy Club
Katie Chancia, Staff Attorney, Harris County Justice Courts 

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Indigency & Commitments
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC
 

 




 

Directed Verdicts+ (.25 ethics)
Alfred Jenkins, Judge, City of Austin

 




 

Community Outreach Made Easy*
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC 





Day 3

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

Property Hearings
Jan Blacklock Matthews, Judge, City of Wilson
 

Dangerous Dogs 
Bill Ragsdale, Presiding Judge , Ingram  

9:10 - 10:00 a.m.

Impaired Driving Update*
Warren Diepraam, First Assistant, Waller County DAO
Eli Rivera, Cheif Investagator, Waller County

10:00 - 10:10 a.m.  Break
10:10 - 11:20 a.m. What Every Judge Needs to Know after Ferguson+ (1 hour ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
 
11:20 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Endnote: Takeaways for 2016
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC
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 post-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.