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FY 2015 Austin Judges Agenda

November 18-20, 2014
Omni Southpark
4140 Governors Row
Austin, TX 78744


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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)



Day 1 - Tuesday, November 18, 2014

12:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration (Pre-Registration Required)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Implementing Juvenile Justice: Applicable Procedural and Substantive Law
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Ted Wood, Special Counsel to Trial Courts, Office of Court Administration

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, November 19, 2014

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast and Registration
8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
Course Director: Jan Blacklock Matthews, Judge, City of Wilson
8:05 - 9:15 a.m. Disturbing Trends in Alcohol and Drug Abuse*
Gary Teeler, Inspections and Strategic Planning Special Operations, Texas Parks & Wildlife Law Enforcement
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Wearing Many Hats: Conflicts of Interest and Dual Office-Holding Concerns+
(1 hour Ethics)
Erik Nielsen, Staff Counsel, State Commission on Judicial Conduct
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Case Law Update+ (.25 hrs Ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  TRACK A - New & Notable
TRACK B - Foundations
TRACK C - Shared
1:00 - 1:55 p.m. Drones
Robby Chapman, Program Director, TMCEC
Taking Bail+ (.25 hrs Ethics)
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Jury Charges#
David Garza, Presiding Judge, City of Bee Cave

2:05 - 2:55 p.m. Social Hosting*
Regan Metteauer, Program Director, TMCEC
MOEP Reporting
Kimberly Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, Office of Court Administration
Observe a Trial: State v Young*#
Ned Minevitz, Program Attorney, TMCEC
3:05 - 3:55 p.m. Notice
Charles Spain, Associate Judge, City of Houston
Judicial Trial Skills+ (2 hour track) (.25 hrs Ethics)
Ed Spillane, Presiding Judge, College Station

Court Security: Cyber Security#
Casey Kennedy, Director, Information Services, Office of Court Administration
4:05 - 5:00 p.m. Scenarios IV+ (.25 hrs Ethics)
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC
Indigency# (.25 hrs Ethics)
Carol Gauntt, Judge, City of Weatherford

Day 3 - Thursday, November 20, 2013

6:45 - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 - 9:10 a.m. Administrative Search Warrants
Stephen Vigorito, Judge, City of Austin
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Tomas Yufik, Ph.D., Professor, St. Edwards University, Austin
9:25 - 10:30 a.m. Blood Warrants & Kids*
Esmeralda Garcia, Judge, City of Houston
Weight Violations and Other Federal Motor Carrier Violations
Stewart Milner, Presiding Judge, Arlington
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Rise of the Machines+ (.75 hrs Ethics)
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.