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Conference Program

The 2016 College for New Judges is a continuing judicial education program designed especially for Texas judges by the Texas Center for the Judiciary's Curriculum Committee and funded by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. For their attendance, participants will earn 23.25 hours of continuing judicial education credits, including 6.25 Ethics.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

GENERAL SESSIONS
4:00 to 4:30 PM - Orientation
4:30 to 5:30 PM - Role of a Judge
5:30 to 6:30 PM - Welcome Reception

Monday, December 12, 2016

7:30 to 8:30 AM - Breakfast, provided

TRIAL JUDGES TRACK

8:30 to 10:00 AM - Who's in Charge of the Courtroom? (0.5 ethics)
10:15 to 11:15 AM - Immunities and Liabilities (0.5 ethics)
11:30 to 12:30 PM - Discussion Groups

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 2:30 PM - Transition to the Bench (0.5 ethics)
2:45 - 3:45 PM - Recusal and Disqualification
4:00 - 5:00 PM - Discussion Group (0.5 ethics)


Sunday, December 11, 2016

General Sessions
APPELLATE TRACK
8:30 - 9:30 AM - Standards of Review
9:45 - 10:45 AM - Collegiality
11:00 - 11:30 AM - Working with Staff / Time Management
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Appellate Discussion Group

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 5:00 PM - Opinion Writing

Tuesday, December 13


7:30 to 8:30 AM - Breakfast, provided

8:30 - 9:30 AM - Implicit Bias (1.0 ethics)
9:45 - 11:15 AM - Effective Listening in the Courtroom
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Discussion Groups

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 3:00 PM - Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom (1.5 ethics)
3:15 - 4:15 PM - Judicial Security
4:30 - 5:00 PM - Discussion Group (1.0 ethics)

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


7:30 to 8:30 AM - Breakfast, provided

8:30 - 9:30 AM - Evidence: Let's Get Ready to Rule
9:45 - 10:45 AM - Expert Witnesses
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Discussion Groups

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Lunch (provided)


TRIAL JUDGES TRACK

1:00 - 2:00 PM - Case Management: Tips & Tools
2:15 - 3:15 PM - All Things Jury
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Discussion Groups

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Group Photos

APPELLATE TRACK
1:00 - 2:00 PM - Pearls on Criminal Issues for Non-Criminal Justices & Pearls on Civil Issues for Non-Civil Justices
2:15 - 3:15 PM - Percolating Texas Appellate Conflicts: Challenges for Justices
3:30 - 4:30 PM - Proper Role: Opinions and Oral Arguments

4:30 - 5:30 PM - Group Photos

Thursday, December 15, 2017

GENERAL SESSIONS
 8:30 - 10:00 AM - Ex Parte and Self-Represented Litigants (0.5 ethics)
10:15 - 11:15 AM - Social Media and Technology in the Courtroom
11:30 - 11:45 AM - Reprise: Role of a Judge (.25 ethics)
11:45 - 12:15 PM - Graduation and Group Photos

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