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FY 2013 Houston Clerks Agenda

March 24-25, 2013
Omni Houston Hotel Westside
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77551


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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)


Day 1 - Sunday, March 24, 2013

12:00 - 5:00 pm Registration
1:00 - 5:00 pm Level I Preparation Course: Clerk Certification Study Session
Christy Punches, Court Administrator, City of Sanger
1:00 - 5:00 pm Level II Preparation Course: Clerk Certification Study Session
Hilda Cuthbertson, Court Administrator, City of Bryan
1:00 - 5:00 pm

Pre-Conference Session: Tools for Effective Court Administration
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Katie Tefft, Program Director, TMCEC

Additional Handout

Day 2 - Monday,  March 25, 2013

8:00 - 9:25 am Sovereign Citizens: Threats to Our Courts?
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
9:40 - 10:30 am

Fun with Fees
Katie Tefft, Program Director, TMCEC

Additional Handout

10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Internal Controls: Keeping Tabs on the Court's Cash
Rhonda Kuehn, Court Administrator, CIty of Brenham
  TRACK A - Juveniles
TRACK B - Procedures
TRACK C - Shared
1:00 - 1:55 pm ABC's in Municipal Court: An Elementary Exploration of the Alcoholic Beverage Code*
Pat Riffel, Court Administrator, City of Pearland
The New Laws of Dequalification and Recusal
Cathy Riedel, Senior Associate, Bojorquez Law Firm, PLLC


Foreign Language Interpreters
David Garza, Presiding Judge, City of Bee Cave

Additional Handout

2:05 - 2:55 pm Juveniles Behind the Wheel: Laws for Young Drivers*
Robin Ramsay, Presiding Judge, City of Denton
Dissecting DSC*
Katie Tefft, Program Director, TMCEC
Talking to Your Town (DRSR)*
Lindsey Mena, Juvenile Case Coordinator, City of San Marcos
3:05 - 3:55 pm Dealing with JNAs (Juveniles Now Adults)
Victoria Jaramillo Medley, Court Administrator, City of Amarillo
The MVP of Jury Trials
Tammy Odom, Deputy Court Clerk, City of Sweeny
Understanding 3rd Party Collections
Bill Ragsdale, Presiding Judge, City of Ingram
4:05 - 5:00 pm Transfer of Juvenile Cases
Shelai Mullins, Juvenile Case Manager, City of McKinney

So You Think You Can’t Be Sued? A Primer on Immunity for Clerks
Fred Garcia, Court Clerk, City of San Antonio

Additional Handout

Alive @ 25*
John Brady, Executive Director, Texas Alive Team and Risk & Safety Specialist, Travis County

Additional Handout

* 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.



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The top three icons contain the information traditionally located in the front of the binders, back when binders were distributed. The agenda can be found in each of these files: Introduction, Course Information, and Faculty Information. Each participant will be given a copy of the agenda and the course information in their packet. If you would like to print out the cover page or participant roster, click on the Introduction file, and if you would like to print out the faculty roster and faculty biographies, click on the Faculty Information file.

We encourage all clerks to review the materials prior to the conference to either print them out or make your own determination as to what materials you would like to print. Most classes include either a copy of the powerpoint presentation, an outline, or interactive notes as the materials that will be covered in the class. Many of the faculty also include supplemental materials, such as forms, charts, or articles. Internet access may not be available at all the schools, but for those who prefer to view the materials over a laptop or tablet computer, we encourage you to download the files prior to coming to the seminar so you are ensured access to them during class. The TMCA/TMCEC Board of Directors has graciously made a flash drive containing the PDF files of all course materials available to each participant at each seminar. Those with a USB port on a laptop computer can also open the files at the seminar through this flashdrive.