Galveston Regional Judges


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FY 2016 Galveston Judges Agenda
REGIONAL JUDGES SEMINAR

February 7-9, 2016
San Luis Resort & Spa
5222 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 77551
409.744.1500

 

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
R.J. Boatman, judge, City of South Houston

Day 2

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
Course Director: Esmeralda Garcia, Judge, City of Houston
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)
Erik Nielsen, Staff 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)
Katie Chancia, Staff Attorney, Harris County Justice Courts
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton












 

 

 





 

2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

Elder Abuse
Myra Kirkland, Presiding Judge, Blue Ridge
Patricia McArdle, Court Investigations Supervisor,
Dallas County Probate Courts
 

 







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

 


 

 

Truancy Court: Intake, Adjudication, and Orders
Katie Chancia, Staff Attorney, Harris County Justice Courts
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton
 










3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

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

Truancy Court: Enforcement, Appeals, and Records
Katie Chancia, Staff Attorney, Harris County Justice Courts
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

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

 




 

E-Warrants: A Brave New World
Brian Holman, Presiding Judge, City of Lewisville

 




 

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
Andrew Hagen, Judge,

9:10 - 10:00 a.m.

Impaired Driving Update*
Warren Diepraam, First Assistant, Waller County DAO

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.