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Conference Program

The 2016 Annual Judicial Education Conference is a continuing judicial education program designed especially for Texas judges by the Texas Center for the Judiciary's Curriculum Committee. For their attendance, participants will earn up to 12 hours of continuing judicial education credits, with up to 2 hours of Ethics and one hour of Family Violence.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 

3:30 to 5:00 PM - Registration
5:30 to 7:00 PM - Opening Reception (sponsored by three San Antonio area bar associations)


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Texas Bar Foundation Day

7:00 to 8:00 AM - Law School Alumni Breakfasts

General Sessions
8:30 to 9:30 AM - Magna Carta and the Path Forward to the Rule of Law
9:45 to 10:15 AM - State of the Judiciary
10:30 to 12:00 PM - Mission Impossible: Rescue of Apollo 13 and Learning to Rely on Your Expertise in Tough Cases (0.5 Ethics)

12:00 to 1:30 PM - Texas Bar Foundation Luncheon (RSVP Required)

1:30 to 2:15 PM - Judicial Section Annual Business Meeting
2:15 to 3:00 PM - Texas Center Annual Business Meeting
                             See last year's minutes here
3:00 to 4:00 PM - Administrative Judicial Regional Meetings
                           - Council of Chief Justices Meeting
4:00 to 5:00 PM - Business Meetings (Appellate, CCL, District, FARSA)


Thursday, September 8, 2016

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

General Sessions
8:30 to 9:30 AM - Courtroom Management of Digital Evidence
9:45 to 10:45 AM - Judicial Security for Judges and their Community
11:00 to 12:00 PM - The Trauma-Competent Court (1.0 Ethics)

12:00 to 1:30 PM - Memorial Lunch (ticketed event)


Breakout Sessions
1:30 to 5:00 PM - Law and Literature (limited to 30 participants) (1.0 Ethics)

Family Track
1:30 to 2:30 PM - "The Wheel" - Appointment and Fee Reporting
2:45 to 3:45 PM - The New Guidelines for Custody Evaluations
4:00 to 5:00 PM - Juvenile Brain Science

Judicial Writing Track
1:30 to 2:30 PM - Writing More Forceful Opinions
2:45 to 3:45 PM - Writing More Forceful Opinions (Cont.)
4:00 to 5:00 PM - Writing More Forceful Opinions (Cont.)

DWI Track
1:30 to 2:30 PM - The Intoxilyzer 9000, What's New?
2:45 to 3:45 PM - Ethical Considerations in Forensic Blood / Alcohol Testing
4:00 to 5:00 PM - Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) in the Courtroom

Civil Track
1:30 to 2:30 PM - The Texas Citizens Participation Act
2:45 to 3:45 PM - Developments in Policies and Practices with Self-Represented Litigants (0.5 Ethics)
4:00 to 5:00 PM - "The Wheel" - Appointment and Fee Reporting

Criminal Track
1:30 to 2:30 PM - The Protective Order Toolbox (1.0 FV)
2:45 to 3:45 PM - Pre-Trial Assessments 
4:00 to 5:00 PM - The Complex Interactions of PTSD and Substance Abuse

7:00 to 9:30 PM - Fiesta! (Cost $45)


Friday, September 9, 2016

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

General Sessions
8:30 to 9:30 AM - Family Case Law Update
9:45 to 10:45 AM - Criminal Case Law Update (0.25 FV)
11:00 to 12:00 PM - Civil Case Law Update

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