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College for New Judges

December 6-9, 2015

Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines

Family Justice Conference

January 25-26, 2016

Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines

DWI Court Team Basic Training

February 8-10, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

DWI Court Team Adanced


February 11-12, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

Criminal Justice

February 22-23, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

Civil Justice Conference

March 31-April 1, 2016

Hotel Galvez, Galveston

Spring Regional A (2, 6, 7 & 9)

April 18-19, 2016

Westin Galleria, Houston

Spring Regional B (1, 3, 4, 5 & 8)

May 9-10, 2016

Westin Galleria, Houston

Professional Development


June 20-24, 2016

Embassy Suites, San Marcos

Impaired Driving Symposium

August 4-5, 2016

Sheraton Austin Capitol, Austin

Annual Judicial Education


September 6-9, 2016

J.W. Marriott, San Antonio

Upcoming Conferences

Two failed bills in the 2015 legislative session, House Bill 25 and Senate Bill 1702, would have eliminated

straight-party voting for judges. Both bills received public hearings, but they died without getting affirmative

committee votes to send them to the House or Senate.

SB 1702 was authored by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, the chairwoman of the Senate State Affairs

Committee. She didn’t return a call seeking comment before deadline.

Fair Housing

Patrick tasked the Senate Inter-Governmental Relations Committee with studying whether the state needs

to change laws and rules to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Texas Department of Housing

and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project.

In that civil rights case, the nation’s highest court on June 25 decided 5-4 that statistical evidence of

discrimination, paired with practices or policies of housing providers that cause the disparate impact, may

suffice to trigger a violation under the nation’s fair housing laws. The violation doesn’t require the housing

provider, developer or lender to have intended to discriminate.


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