Winter 2022


DWI Court Team Basic Training
February 28 - March 2, 2022

DWI Court Team Advanced Conference
March 3 - March 4, 2022

The DWI Court Team Basic Training and DWI Court Team Advanced Conference are continuing judicial education programs designed especially for DWI Court Teams by the Texas Center for the Judiciary’s DWI Curriculum Committee. This program is generously funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The DWI Court Team Basic Training is designed for new DWI Court Teams and new members on established DWI Courts. The curriculum remains the same from year to year to ensure all members receive the same basic, fundamental knowledge on addiction, supervision, and sanctions and incentives. The DWI Court Team Advanced Conference is open to both new and existing DWI Court Teams and focuses on new research and specialty court hot topics.

You must have login credentials to access the website and to register. To obtain credentials, contact Aaron:

  Spotlight on Success Awards 
Call for Nominations
Do you know of a DWI Court that has been extraordinarily successful in implementing the DWI Court Guiding Principles or would you like to recognize a team member that goes above and beyond the call of duty? Nominate them to be honored at the 2022 DWI Court Team Advanced Conference! (Self-nominations are welcome for the Team award.)

Please email your nominations with a brief explanation to 

Have Gavel, Will Travel (virtually or in-person)!
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, especially now that you don't see them in the hallways? We know you can set up your own Zoom but let us do it instead! We will handle designing an impaired driving presentation that fits your needs, just give us a time and audience.


Announcing (Again) the DWI Resource Course!

Going virtual has its benefits! We have compiled the recorded DWI sessions from 2020 and 2021 into one course that you can easily navigate. The videos are separated into general DWI issues and videos specific to DWI Courts.

The full list of videos currently available is below. We also welcome your input, if you have a topic that you don't see but would like to see covered, please email

Register for the course here or from the TCJ homepage at The DWI Resource Course is hosted on Brightspace, TCJ's online conference platform. After you register you will need to login to your judicial profile to access your online conferences. Full instructions can be found here.  If you have questions or problems, please email

General DWI Videos

DWI Legislative and Case Law Update - September 2021
Occupational Driver's Licenses - July 2021
Non-Disclosures: The Ripple
After the Conviction
The What, When and Why of Alcohol Monitoring Devices
An Expert Approach to Forensic Alcohol Testimony
Drug Impaired Driving: Where Do We Stand?
Current Issues in Motions to Suppress DWI Edition
All Things Jury: DWI Edition
Back to Basics

DWI Court Basic Training Videos

DWI Courts; The Promise and Practice
Addiction and the Brain
Screening & Assessment
Supervising Offenders: Community Supervision
Drug Testing
Behavior Change 101: How to Motivate Lasting Change
What the Team Brings: Best Practices for Staffing and Court Review
DWI Court Viewing & Discussion
Hitting Your Target/What's Your Mission?
Lingo to Learn
Limitations and Liabilities
DWI Court Advanced Conference Videos

The Complicated Relationship Between PTSD and Substance Abuse
Self-Care: Ways to Cope with Stress, Anxiety and Isolation
How to Deal with "Legal" Substances
Co-Occurring Disorders within Treatment Court
Reducing Justice-Involvement Among Individual with Co-Occurring Disorders: HHSC Services and Programs
When Sanctions (and Incentives) Don't Work: Responding Effectively to Addiction-Driven Non-Compliance
Equity & Inclusion in Treatment Courts



DWI Sentencing Bench Card
The National Judicial College with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has created a “DWI Sentencing Bench Card” that sets forth some important factors and considerations that a judge may want to consider when sentencing a DWI offender. The back side of the bench card provides a “Sentencing Information and Path to Success” form that gives the defendant written confirmation of the terms of the sentence and the obligations imposed. The “Path to Success” document is to help the defendant in understanding what happens in court, particularly since many defendants are unfamiliar with legal language and court procedure and appearing before a judge can be stressful. The DWI Sentencing Bench Card may be found here.

Need Funding for Your Court?

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is hosting a free webinar: The Funding Process: First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare Now, and Other Considerations on Wednesday, January 26 at 1:00 p.m. ET. More information can be found here .

Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments Training

NADCP is now accepting applications for training from NADCP's National Drug Court Institute on Standard IV of the Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards: Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments (ISTA). Learn more and apply here.

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference

The IACP Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference (IDTS) is the largest training conference for drug recognition experts and traffic safety professionals. The 2022 Conference will be held in San Antonio, August 21-23. More information can be found here.

Contact Us
If you have suggestions for items to be included, or have an accomplishment or award that you would like to share, 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 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.