Austin Regional Judges

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FY 2017 Austin Judges Agenda

November 15-17, 2016
Omni Southpark
4140 Governor's Row
Austin, TX 78744

 Full Course Materials

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

Course Information (Descriptions & Objectives)

Faculty Information (Roster & Bios)



Day 1 - November 15, 2016

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

Special Sessions: Fines, Fees, and Costs
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?

Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel and Director of Judicial Education, TMCEC
Regan Metteauer, Program Attorney, TMCEC




Day 2 -  November 16, 2016

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

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.  Break
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Ethics: Procedural Fairness, Perception, and Public Confidence+
Erik Nielsen, Staff Counsel, State Commission on Judicial Conduct

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
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  Current Issues
Defendants and the Court Shared Track
1:00 - 1:55 p.m.

Scenarios VI+* (.25 hrs Ethics)
Mark Goodner, Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel, TMCEC

Capias Pro Fines: Dos and Don'ts+ (.25 hours ethics)
Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel & Director of Education, TMCEC

Making Sense of the License - Current Driver License Issues
Esmeralda Pena Garcia, Judge, City of Houston


2:05 - 2:55 p.m.

Language and the Law +#
(.25 hours ethics)
Robby Chapman, Director of Clerk Education & Program Attorney, TMCEC


Mandatory Conditions of Bond*
Brian Holman, Presiding Judge, City of Lewisville

Data Miners and Open Records
Zindia Thomas, Assistant General Counsel, Texas Municipal League


3:05 - 3:55 p.m.

Non-Appearance Crimes
Michael Acuna, Judge, City of Dallas


Admonishments: Required and Recommended
(.25 ethics hours)
William Kendall, Presiding Judge, City of Brenham

Community Service*
Tracie Glaeser, Program Coordinator,TMCEC


4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Mental Health Issues and Concerns
Danny Rodgers, Judge, City of Fort Worth


Family Violence Class C Misdemeanors: Yes, The Do Exist!
Kim Piechowiak, Domestic Violence Resource Attorney, Office of Court Administration

Courts Reaching Out to Undeserved Populations*+#
Elizabeth De La Garza, TxDOT Grant Administrator, TMCEC

Ned Minevitz, TxDOT Grant Administrator & Program Attorney, TMCEC

Day 3 - November 17, 2016

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

Questions Answered
TMCEC Attorneys

Data Security: Getting the Court Back Online #
Casey Kennedy, Director, Information Services, Office of Court Administration

9:10 - 10:05 a.m.

Speed Detection Devices at Trial
Stephen Vigorito, Associate Judge, City of Austin

Beyond the Day to Day: Additional Activity Reporting+# (.25 ethics hours)
Hilda Cuthbertson, Consultant, Bojorquez Law Firm
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.  Break
10:20 - 11:15 a.m. Jail and Jail Duties: Magistrations, Commitments, Release, and Credit
Tim Kirwin, Judge, Hedwig Village
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


* 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.