In Chambers, Fall 2018

2 In Chambers | Fall 2018 9 This is the the official publication ofTexas Center for the Judiciary. The magazine is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Court of Criminal Ap- peals.In Chambers strives to provide the most cur- rent information about national and local judicial educational issues and course opportunities avail- able forTexas judges.We keep theTexas Center’s mission of “Judicial ExcellenceThrough 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 Dotolo.The Texas Center for the Judiciary is located at 1210 San Antonio Street, Suite 800,Austin,TX 78701. Features Legislative Preview: What the 2019 Legislative Session Has in Store for the Judiciary by JudgeAlfonso Charles . 4 New Report from Texas A&M School of Law Considers Possible Liability for Dam and Reservoir Operators Following Hurricane Harvey by Prof. Gabriel Eckstein ................... 9 EveryVictim, EveryWitness: 12 Safety Considerations for Juvenile and Family Court Systems by John F. Muffler.......... 13 Chief Executive Officer Judge Mark D.Atkinson Conference Coordinator Gail Bell TxDOT Program Director Holly Doran Information / Technology Director Christie Dotolo CJA Program Assistant Steve Geiser Curriculum Director Courtney Gilason, JD Registrar Aaron Gutierrez Executive Assistant Shirley Irvin Director of Finance Bruce Lawrence Senior Accountant Debra Malkiewicz CJA Program Director Heidi Penix Judicial Resource Liaison Judge LauraWeiser STAFF InChambers The official publication of the Texas Center for the Judiciary FALL 2018 Hon. Lee Gabriel Hon. Cliff Brown Hon. Robert Ramirez Hon. Laura Strathmann Hon. BenWoodward EDITORIAL COMMITTEE Letter from the Chair.................... 3 Pre-Order Bench Book................. 6 Letter fromTCRA.......................... 7 Upcoming Conferences................. 8 Conference App.............................. 8 AwardWinners......................... 12,20 Contributors................................... 17 In Memoriam................................... 19 New Judges...................................... 21 Amazon Shopping Link.................. 21 Annual Photos........................... 22, 23 Departments 13 Cover photo by: Hon. Bert Richardson 4

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