Houston (February 26-28, 2017)


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FY 2017 Houston Judges Agenda
REGIONAL JUDGES SEMINAR

February 26-28, 2017
Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77079
281.558.9339

 Full Course Materials

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)
 

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)
 

 

 

Day 1 - February 26, 2017

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

Special Sessions: Fines, Fees, and Costs+# (1 hour ethics)
Suggested Topics:
o Effective Practices for Courts Large and Small
o Documentation: Creating and Maintaining Written Determinations
o Fines, Fees, & Costs Moving Forward: Where Are We Headed?

Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC

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Day 2 -  February 27, 2017

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

The State of Municipal Courts: Current Issues and Recent Changes
Stewart Milner, Presiding Judge, City of Arlington
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9:00 - 9:15 a.m.  Break
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Ethics: Procedural Fairness, Perception, and Public Confidence+
Jackie Habersham, Commission Counsel, Commission on Judicial Conduct State Commission on Judicial Conduct
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10:15 - 10:30 a.m.  Break
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Case Law Update and Attorney General options* (.5 hrs Ethics)
Ryan Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
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12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  Current Issues
Defendants and the Court Shared Track
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Speed Detection Devices at Trial* 
Stephen Vigorito, Judge, City of Austin
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Capias Pro Fines: Dos and Don'ts+ (.25 ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
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Data Miners and Open Records#
Laura Mueller, Attorney, Bojorquez Law Firm
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2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

Non-Appearance Crimes 
Michael Acuna, Judge, City of Dallas
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Mandatory Conditions of Bond*
Matt King, Tarrant County Magistrate, Tarrant County
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Making Sense of the License - Current Driver License Issues #*
Esmeralda Pena Garcia, Associate Presiding Judge, City of Houston
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3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

Mental Health Issues and Concern
Danny Rodgers, Deputy Chief Judge, City of Fort Worth
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Admonishments: Required and Recommended
(.25 ethics hours)
Cathy Riedel, Presiding Judge, city of Leander
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Community Service#
Tracie Glaeser, Program Coordinator,TMCEC
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4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Scenarios VI*+ (.25 ethics)
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC
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Family Violence Class C Misdemeanors: Yes, The Do Exist!
Kim Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, Office of Court Administration
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Courts Making Their Communities Safer*+# (.25 ethics)
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC

Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC
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Day 3 - February 28, 2017

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

Language and the Law+# (.25 hours ethics)
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC
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Data Security: Getting the Court Back Online #
Casey Kennedy, Director, Information Services, Office of Court Administration
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9:10 - 10:05 a.m.

Questions Answered+# (.25 ethics)
TMCEC Attorneys
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Beyond the Day to Day: Additional Activity Reporting+# (.25 ethics)
Hilda Cuthbertson, Judge, City of Snook
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10:00 - 10:20 a.m.  Break
10:20 - 11:15 a.m. Jail and Jail Duties
Tim Kirwin, Judge, Hedwig Village
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11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Endnote: Takeaways for 2017
Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC

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* 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.