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FY 2018 Clerks Agenda

February 11-13, 2018
Omni at Westside Houston 
13210 Katy Freeway
Houston,TX  77079

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)

Day 1

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Registration    
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

1:00- 2:00 p.m.
Mental Health: Obligated to Act
Danny Rodgers, Chief Judge, City of Fort Worth

Essential Teamwork In Dealing with the Media
Ben Holden, Professor, Department of Journalism, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign College of Media

*Offered in conjunction with The National Judicial College.  Pre-registration required and enrollment limited.

Preparation Courses 1:00-5:00p.m.
Level I:Christina Dahse, Court Administrator, City of Willis
Co-Facilitator: Fawn Mackey, Court Administrator, City of Sealy

Level II: Courtney Broussard, Clerk, City of Woodville
Co-Facilitator: Tammy Odom, Court Administrator, Texas City


2:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Gary Teeler, Instructor, Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.               
Dealing with Special Populations
Charles Spain, Judge, City of Houston

Day 2

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
8:10 - 9:20 a.m.

Keynote: From Under the Radar to Under the Microscope
Pat Riffel, Court Administrator, City Friendswood 

9:20 - 9:35 a.m.


9:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Legislative Highlights+
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Scenarios: Implementing SB 1913/HB 351
Mark Goodner, Deputy General Counsel & Director of Judicial Education

12:00 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch


1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Administrative and Civil Cases in Municipal Court
Ashley McSwain, Prosecutor, City of Murphy

Professional Communication Workshop
Jaime Brew, Assistant Director of Finances & Court Services, City of Sugar Land

TABC Update*
Victoria Jaramillo Medley, Court Administrator, City of Amarillo

2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

Citations & Complaints Revisited
Matt Freeman, Court Administrator, City of Frisco

Esmeralda Garcia, Associate Presiding Judge, City of Houston

3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

Team Building & Leadership Workshop

Team Building & Leadership Workshop
Melissa Pace, Client Liaison/Business Development, Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins and Mott‚ LLP

00 - Pace_BINDER_Team Building.pdf


Riding Dirty: The Truth About Motorcycles*
Jude Schexnyder, TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, TxDOT

Small Court Solutions (.25 hours ethics)
Bonnie Townsend, Court Administrator, City of Luling

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Domestic Violence Update
Kimberly Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, Office of Court Administration

Reaching Out to Your Community: Nuts, Bolts, and Resources* (.25 hours ethics)
Liz 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.

Creating a Language Access Plan
Riccardo Camera, Courtroom Operations Supervisor, City of Austin

Brydan McNeely, Supervisor for the Front Counter, City of Austin

Questions Answered


 9:10 - 10:05 a.m. Local Rules & Standing Orders (.25 hours ethics)
Jan Blacklock Matthews, Judge, City of Wilson

Media Relations: Media Jedi 
April Earley, Presiding Judge, City of Lufkin

10:05 - 10:20 a.m. Break 
10:20 - 11:15 a.m.

Walking Dead: Pedestrians & Impairment*
Ned Minevitz, TXDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 - 12:00 p.m.

Endnote: Takeaways for FY18
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Court Clerk Certification Test (Level I, II, III)
Proctor: Rhonda Kuehn


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