DWI Newsletter

December 2016

DWI Court Team Basic Training

February 27 - March 1, 2017
San Luis, Galveston, TX
Have you recently joined or created a DWI Court in your jurisdiction? Do you have new members on your established DWI Court Team? Have you been wondering what a DWI Court is and if it might be right for your community? Are you intrigued by the concept of a specialty court but would like to know more before jumping in?

If any of these questions apply to you, consider attending this very informative program. The Basic Training is modeled on the 10 Guiding Principles of DWI Courts and is designed to take the Court team through the various stages involved in planning and designing a DWI Court. You may come alone, with your team, with an exploratory committee or any other configuration that works for you. The curriculum remains the same from year to year to ensure all team members receive the same basic, fundamental education on addiction, community supervision, drug testing, and sanctions and incentives. 

DWI Court Team Advanced Training

​March 2 - March 3, 2017
San Luis, Galveston, TX
Established DWI Court Judges and their teams are invited to register for this conference. New teams and team members may register for the entire week. 

New This Year
This year we’re also offering an optional training on Wednesday afternoon from noon – 5:00 p.m.  The American Probation and Parole Association Impaired Driving Assessment (IDA) session will focus on how to administer, interpret, and use the assessment instrument. The training is designed for the team member that conducts the assessments.    

  Click here to register and to see the full agenda.

Spotlight on Success

Do you know of a DWI Court that has been extraordinarily successful in implementing the DWI Court Guiding Principles or would like to recognize a team member that goes above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate them to be honored at the DWI Court Team Advanced Conference! (Self-nominations are welcome for the Team award.) The awards will be presented at lunch on Thursday, March 2. Please email your nominations to hollyd@yourhonor.com with a brief explanation as to why you are nominating the team and/or person.

Have Gavel, Will Travel!

Do the judges in your courthouse or in your area have questions about impaired driving? Are you looking for an opportunity to bring together all the judges in your jurisdiction who handle impaired driving cases from bond to trial to supervision? Holly and I are happy to help. We will come to you and provide education on the impaired driving subjects you feel are needed.  We will handle designing a half day, full day or lunchtime presentation. You just need to give us a place, time and audience.

Mark Your Calendar!

2017 Criminal Justice Conference
Feb. 13-14, 2017 - Embassy Suites San Marcos

2017 Regional Conference
Regional A: April 24-25, 2017
Regional B: May 11-12, 2017
Omni Hotel, Ft. Worth

Impaired Driving Summit
June 8, 2017 - Abilene
June 29, 2017 - Uvalde

2017 Impaired Driving Symposium
July 24-25, 2017 - Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

2017 Annual Judicial Education Conference
September 5-8, 2017 - Marriott Marquis, Houston

In the News


DWI courts unite to prevent impaired driving
(El Paso Inc., 12/19/2016)
December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and more than 700 DWI courts across the nation are uniting to mark the importance of putting a stop to one of the most significant threats to public safety in the United States: driving while impaired by alcohol or other drugs.

Williamson County DWI-Drug Court making a difference
(Austin American Statesman, 11/23/2016)
In celebration of the 10th year anniversary of the creation of the Williamson County Driving While Intoxicated-Drug Court, a special graduation ceremony was held on Nov. 15 at the Williamson County Justice Center in Georgetown.

SAMHSA Releases New MAT App for Healthcare and Treatment Providers
The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) is pleased to announce that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a brand-new mobile app, MATx, to support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorders (OUDs). More information can be found here.

Contact Us
This newsletter has been provided by the Texas Center for the Judiciary pursuant to a grant from TxDOT.  If you have suggestions for items to be included in this Newsletter or wish to be removed from the Newsletter mailing list, please contact: 

Judge Laura A. Weiser
Judicial Resource Liaison

Holly Doran
TxDOT Program Director

The DWI Listserv is open to all judges handling DWI cases. If you would like to be added to the Listserv please send an email to hollyd@yourhonor.com. We are continuously adding to the Texas Judges’ DWI Resource Website with news articles and upcoming educational opportunities.  We hope you find the  information in this Newsletter interesting and helpful. Please contact the Traffic Safety Program with any questions or comments.