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This is the the official publication of Texas Center for the Judiciary. The magazine is published three times a year and funded

in part by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In Chambers strives to provide the most current information

about national and local judicial educational issues and course opportunities available for Texas judges. We keep the Texas

Center’s mission of “Judicial Excellence Through Education” as our guiding premise.

Readers are encouraged to write letters and submit questions, comments, or story ideas for In Chambers. To do so,

please contact Courtney Gabriele, Curriculum Director, at 512.482.8986 or toll free at 888.785.8986, or via email at

courtneyg@yourhonor.com

. Articles subject to editing for clarity or space availability.

The Texas Center for the Judiciary is located at 1210 San Antonio Street, Suite 800, Austin, TX 78701.

Features

A New Day: Same Sex Marriages and Emerging Identity Issues by Richard Orsinger............................................................................................... 10 New Court Appointment Procedures and Reporting Requirements Enacted by the 94th Legislature—Senate Bill 1876 and Senate Bill 1369 by Mena Ramon.................................................................................................... 22 How to Pick a Grand Jury Pursuant to HB 2150 by Judge Alfonso Charles...................................................................................... 28

Departments

View from the Top........................... 3 Side Bar........................................... 6 Upcoming Conferences ................. 7 Honor Roll . ..................................... 30 Advisory Opinion Summaries......... 31 Disciplinary Actions ....................... 32 TEC Violations ................................ 36 Contributors ................................... 37

Photo Line-Ups

Annual Conference..................... 40 Awards and Honors . ...................... 42 New Resources for Judges ............ 48

Chief Executive Officer

Judge Mark Atkinson

Conference Coordinator

Gail Bell

TxDOT Program Director

Holly Doran

Curriculum Director

Courtney Gabriele, JD

Registrar

Aaron Gutierrez

Executive Assistant

Shirley Irvin

Financial Officer

Bruce Lawrence

Accountant

Debra Malkiewicz

CJA Program Director

Heidi Penix

Information Officer

Christie Smith

Judicial Resource Liaison

Judge Laura Weiser

STAFF

In Chambers

The official publication of the

Texas Center for the Judiciary

Fall 2015

Hon. John Board

Hon. Sue Kurita

Hon. Judy Warne

Hon. Mike Willson

Hon. Ben Woodward

Editorial

Committee

On the cover:

State Capitol, photo by Debra Malkiewicz