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In Chambers

| Fall 2016

This is the the official publication ofTexas Center

for the Judiciary.The magazine is published three

times a year and funded in part by a grant from

theTexas Court of Criminal Appeals. In Chambers

strives to provide the most current information

about national and local judicial educational is-

sues 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 Gilason,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.

Layout and design by Christie Smith.The Texas

Center for the Judiciary is located at 1210 San

Antonio Street, Suite 800,Austin,TX 78701.

Features

Independent Research at the Appellate Court Level: An Argument For and Against by Judge Michael Keasler and Ms. Cathy Cramer; Judge Sharon Keller and Mr. Donald Cimics..................................................................................................................................................... 4 Tips from the Texas Ethics Commission to Comply with Judicial Campaign Fairness Act Contribution Limits by Jessica Hurtado........................................................................... 15 How One County Made a Bit of Judicial History by Judge Don Metcalfe and Judge John Marshall................................................................................................................................................ 19

Chief Executive Officer

Judge Mark Atkinson

Conference Coordinator

Gail Bell

TxDOT Program Director

Holly Doran

Curriculum Director

Courtney Gilason, JD

Registrar

Aaron Gutierrez

Executive Assistant

Shirley Irvin

Finance Director

Bruce Lawrence

Accountant

Debra Malkiewicz

CJA Program Director

Heidi Penix

Information / Technology Director

Christie Smith

Judicial Resource Liaison

Judge LauraWeiser

STAFF

InChambers

The official publication of the

Texas Center for the Judiciary

Fall 2016

Hon. John Board

Hon. Carlos Carrasco

Hon. Lee Gabriel

Hon. JudyWarne

Hon. BenWoodward

EDITORIAL

COMMITTEE

Departments

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Letter from the Past Chair................. 3 Awards and Honors..........................10,18,21 In Memoriam......................................... 11 Contributors......................................... 12 Upcoming Conferences....................... 14 New Judges............................................ 14 Photos..................................................... 22