Houston (February 26-28, 2017)

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FY 2017 Houston Clerks Agenda

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


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 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 5:00 p.m.






Special Topics Session
Focus: Fines, Fees, and Costs

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


Day 2 - February 27, 2017

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

8:10 - 9:20 a.m.

Toward the Goal of Justice: Procedural Fairness and Public Confidence
Pat Riffel, Court Administrator, City of Friendswood
DOJ Letter

9:20 - 9:35 a.m.


9:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Texas Department of Public Safety Update*
Melissa Eager, Program Supervisor III, Department of Public Safety
Timothy Preece, DRP Program Administrator, Department of Public Safety

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Dissecting the Citation
Ryan Henry, Attorney At Law, The Law Office of Ryan Henry, PLLC

12:00 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch
Court Issues
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Pennies & Paper Pigs: Taking Payments
Jaime Brew, Court Administrator, City of Sugar Land

Exploring Attitudes, Stereotypes, and Biases
Leah Huff, Former Court Administrator, City of Southlake

Data Miners & Open Records
Laura Mueller, Attorney, Bojorquez Law Firm

2:05 - 2:50 p.m.

Insurance Laws*
Fred Garcia, Clerk of the Court, City of San Antonio

Indigence in a Box: Charts, Checklists, and Forms
Leah Huff, Former Court Administrator, City of Southlake

Making Sense of the License: Currect Driver's License Issues*
Esmeralda Pena Garcia, Associate Presiding Judge, City of Houston


3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

The Court Abides: Penalties & Punishments*
Edward Spillane, Presiding Judge, City of College Station

Managing, Retaining, and Destroying Records
(3:05 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Erica Wilson, Senior Government Information Analyst Records Management Assistance, Texas State Library and Archives

Community Service* 
Tracie Glaeser, Program Coordinator, TMCEC

Community Service Calculator

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Certification: This is a Test – It’s Only a Test!
Tammy Odom, Court Administrator, Texas City

Courts Making Their Communities Safer*
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC
Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Day 3 - February 28, 2017

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast 
8:00 - 8:55 a.m. Language and the Law
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney

Data Security: Getting the Court Back Online+
Casey Kennedy, Director, Information Services, Office of Court Administration
9:10 - 10:05 a.m. Questions Answered
TMCEC Attorneys

Beyond the Day to Day: Additional Activity Reporting
Hilda Cuthbertson, Judge, City of Snook


10:05 - 10:20 a.m.

10:20 - 10:50 a.m.

Certification & Clerk Program Update
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC

 10:50 - 12:00 noon Beyond Lessons Learned: Addressing Change in Municipal Court
Victoria Jaramillo Medley, Court Administrator, City of Amarillo

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Clerk Certification Testing
Administrator: Rhonda Kuehn, Court Administrator, City of Brenham

*Indicates TxDOT Traffic Safety Grant Related Curriculum
+ Indicates curriculum with a focus on court security
# Indicates a shared track open to both clerks and judges