University of Texas School of Law
2017
County and District Clerks Legal Education Program
San Marcos May 17-19, 2017 Embassy Suites San Marcos
Conference Concluded

UT Law CLE

2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program

Program Features
Join us for CDCAT and The University of Texas School of Law's Legal Education Program, the preeminent conference for Texas County and District Clerks and their staff. This year, the conference returns to the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel, Spa & Conference Center—adjacent to the San Marcos outlet malls.

2017 highlights include:
  • Multiple opportunities to interact, network, and discuss best practices with colleagues and exhibitors
  • Guidance on providing permissible helpful information without rendering prohibited legal advice or ex parte communication, with Scott Gibson, from the State Office of Court Administration
  • Updates from Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocoa, LLP, on employment law and the changes on the federal level that will help you discover what you need to know as public employers
  • Requirements for developing and evaluating RFPs, by Beth Fleming, Denton County Purchasing 
  • The County and District Clerks Legislative committee with  the latest updates from the 85th Texas Legislature
  • A chance to review and provide feedback for changes to the County and District Clerk handbooks. Learn how to make the handbook work for you and your office.
  • Carl Flowers, of Fred Pryor Seminars, leads a workshop on How to Manage Conflict and Confrontation and Managing Generation Differences
  • Entertaining and inspiring luncheon presentation Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: The Comic Path to Happiness in Life, by Martha Cobb, Southwest Airlines

UT Law CLE

2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program

11/24/17
Schedule

General Information

County and District Clerks Association of Texas Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Board and Committee Meetings 
Burleson Conference Room
6:00 p.m. -- 9:00 p.m. 

 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Executive Board Meeting
Chautauqua Salon A
10:00 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m.

Full Board Meeting
​Chautauqua Salon A
11:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings
Veramendi Salons A-D 
8:00 a.m–12:00 p.m.

 

Exhibitor Show

Show Hours:

Wednesday May 17 12 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday May 18 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday May 19 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 

Wednesday Afternoon, May 17, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Celeste Bichsel, Carson County - Panhandle, TX

11:30 am
Registration Opens

12:45 pm
Welcome and Announcements

Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge

National Anthem

Invocation

1:00 pm

1.00 hr

Legal Advice v. Legal Information 

Address the challenges of rendering assistance to self-represented litigants. Hear guidance on providing permissible helpful information without rendering prohibited legal advice or ex parte communication.

Scott Gibson, State Office of Court Administration - Austin, TX

2:00 pm

1.00 hr

The "Employment Law" Session

Explore the updates on employment law, as well as the changes at the federal level. Discover what Texas public employers need to know. 

Steven L. Mierl, Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP - Austin, TX

3:00 pm
Break

3:15 pm

0.75 hr

RFPs: Understanding County Purchasing Requirements

Purchasing services through a Request for Proposal (RFP) presents a unique challenge for government agencies. While we may think we understand exactly what services we want, specifying the actual requirements within an RFP requires anticipating contract management risks early in the planning phase of the procurement. Review the requirements for developing and evaluating RFPs.

Beth Fleming, Denton County Purchasing - Denton, TX

4:00 pm

1.00 hr

Legislative Updates

Hear the latest updates from the 85th Legislature and how legislation may impact your offices. 

Hon. Heather H. Hawthorne, Chambers County - Anahuac, TX
Hon. Patti L. Henry, Chambers County - Anahuac, TX
Hon. Teresa Kiel, Guadalupe County - Seguin, TX
Cary Roberts, Casteel & Roberts - Austin, TX
Hon. Caroline Woodburn, Potter County - Amarillo, TX

5:00 pm
Adjourn

Thursday Morning, May 18, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Tammy Kneuper, Bandera County - Bandera, TX

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

8:30 am

3.50 hrs

How to Manage Conflict and Confrontation

Today’s workers face greater—and potentially riskier—challenges than ever before. Opposing points of view, coupled with high levels of stress, can lead to anger, conflict, and confrontation between people, both at work and home. Assess your own personal attitudes and better understand the negative impact of self-destructive behaviors. Discover how to build successful relationships, resulting in increased trust, harmony, and teamwork. Gain strategies for remaining calm, clear-headed, and positive in the face of the most difficult circumstances or challenges. Learn proven methods to communicate and resolve conflicts with no "losers."

Includes a 15-minute break at 10:15 a.m.

Carl Flowers, Fred Pryor Seminars - Overland Park, KS

12:00 pm
Pick Up Lunch

Included in registration.

Thursday Afternoon, May 18, 2017

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Tammy Kneuper, Bandera County - Bandera, TX

Luncheon Presentation

12:20 pm

0.75 hr

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary: The Comic Path to Happiness in Life

Martha Cobb is the Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant who became "almost famous" with an appearance on The Ellen Show in 2014, showcasing her 3-minute flight safety speech that now has over 25 million views on YouTube. Learn how to make the ordinary in life extraordinary. Bring your best smile and a willingness to laugh!

Martha Cobb, Southwest Airlines - Dallas, TX

 
1:05 pm
Break

1:20 pm

4.00 hrs

Managing Generational Differences

Today’s workforce is a mix of various generations. Each generation has its unique set of values and different approaches to communication, work, and career. These differences, when not managed correctly, can lead to communication problems, conflict, and loss of productivity. Learn to recognize, understand, and embrace generational differences to create a more cohesive and collaborative workplace.

Including a 15-minute break at 3:35 p.m.

Carl Flowers, Fred Pryor Seminars - Overland Park, KS

5:20 pm
Adjourn

Friday Morning, May 19, 2017

7:30 am
Conference Room Opens

Includes continental breakfast.

District Clerks

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Laura Hinojosa, Hidalgo County - Edinburg, TX
8:30 am

1.00 hr

List Serve LIVE (Round Table)

Hon. Rhonda Barchak, Brazoria County District Clerk - Angleton, TX
Hon. Eric Garza, Cameron Co. District Clerk - Brownsville, TX
Hon. Sharena Gilliland, Parker County - Weatherford, TX

9:30 am

2.50 hrs

Shared Solutions: A Review of the Clerks Manual

Have you ever looked for something in the manual and it was not there? Work with your fellow colleagues to review and makes suggestions for changes to the categories and specific topics presented in the manual. Learn how to make the current manual work for you and your office.

Hon. Rhonda Barchak, Brazoria County District Clerk - Angleton, TX
Hon. Eric Garza, Cameron Co. District Clerk - Brownsville, TX
Hon. Sharena Gilliland, Parker County - Weatherford, TX

12:00 pm
Adjourn

County Clerks

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Jennifer A. Lindenzweig, Hunt County - Greenville, TX
8:30 am

1.00 hr

List Serve LIVE (Round Table)

Hon. Jeane Brunson, Parker County - Weatherford, TX
Hon. Donece Gregory, Tyler County - Woodville, TX
Hon. Nancy E. Rister, Williamson County - Georgetown, TX
Hon. Beth A. Rothermel, Washington County - Brenham, TX
Hon. Julie Smith, Potter County - Amarillo, TX

9:30 am

2.50 hrs

Shared Solutions: A Review of the Clerks Manual

​Have you ever looked for something in the manual and it was not there? Work with your fellow colleagues to review and makes suggestions for changes to the categories and specific topics presented in the manual. Learn how to make the current manual work for you and your office.

Hon. Jeane Brunson, Parker County - Weatherford, TX
Hon. Donece Gregory, Tyler County - Woodville, TX
Hon. Nancy E. Rister, Williamson County - Georgetown, TX
Hon. Beth A. Rothermel, Washington County - Brenham, TX
Hon. Julie Smith, Potter County - Amarillo, TX

12:00 pm
Adjourn

Combo Clerks

Presiding Officer:
Hon. Sheri Woodfin, Tom Green County - San Angelo, TX
8:30 am

1.00 hr

List Serve LIVE (Round Table)

Hon. JoAnna Blanco, Castro County - Dimmitt, TX
Hon. Judy Crawford, Crane County - Crane, TX
Hon. Lisa Johnson, Hemphill County - Canadian, TX

9:30 am
Join District or County Clerk Handbook Session

12:00 pm
Adjourn

UT Law CLE

2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program

Faculty

Conference Faculty

Hon. Rhonda Barchak
Brazoria County District Clerk
Angleton, TX
Hon. JoAnna Blanco
Castro County
Dimmitt, TX
Hon. Jeane Brunson
Parker County
Weatherford, TX
Martha Cobb
Southwest Airlines
Dallas, TX
Hon. Judy Crawford
Crane County
Crane, TX
Beth Fleming
Denton County Purchasing
Denton, TX
Carl Flowers
Fred Pryor Seminars
Overland Park, KS
Hon. Eric Garza
Cameron Co. District Clerk
Brownsville, TX
Scott Gibson
State Office of Court Administration
Austin, TX
Hon. Sharena Gilliland
Parker County
Weatherford, TX
Hon. Donece Gregory
Tyler County
Woodville, TX
Hon. Heather H. Hawthorne
Chambers County
Anahuac, TX
Hon. Patti L. Henry
Chambers County
Anahuac, TX
Hon. Lisa Johnson
Hemphill County
Canadian, TX
Hon. Teresa Kiel
Guadalupe County
Seguin, TX
Steven L. Mierl
Cornell Smith Mierl & Brutocao, LLP
Austin, TX
Hon. Nancy E. Rister
Williamson County
Georgetown, TX
Cary Roberts
Casteel & Roberts
Austin, TX
Hon. Beth A. Rothermel
Washington County
Brenham, TX
Hon. Julie Smith
Potter County
Amarillo, TX
Hon. Caroline Woodburn
Potter County
Amarillo, TX

Planning Committee

Hon. Sheri Woodfin—Chair
Tom Green County
San Angelo, TX
Hon. Rhonda Barchak
Brazoria County District Clerk
Angleton, TX
Hon. Donna G. Brown
Liberty County District Clerk
Liberty, TX
Hon. Jeane Brunson
Parker County
Weatherford, TX
Hon. Ross Bush
Midland County
Midland, TX
Hon. Eric Garza
Cameron Co. District Clerk
Brownsville, TX
Hon. Joyce Hudman
Brazoria County
Angleton, TX
Hon. Lisa Johnson
Hemphill County
Canadian, TX
Hon. Kelley Price
Wood County
Quitman, TX
April Rogers
The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
Hon. Julie Smith
Potter County
Amarillo, TX
Hon. Joshua Tackett
Navarro County
Corsicana, TX
Hon. Linda Wallace
Rains County
Emory, TX
Hon. Clarissa Webster
Ector County
Odessa, TX

UT Law CLE

2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program

Credit Information

UT Law CLE

2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program

Key Dates

San Marcos

  • Last day for Individual early registration: May 16, 2017
    Add $50 for registrations received after this time
  • Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 12, 2017
  • Last day for cancellation (partial refund): May 15, 2017
    $50 processing fee applied

UT Law CLE

2017 County and District Clerks Legal Education Program

Hotel / Venue

San Marcos

Embassy Suites San Marcos

1001 E. McCarty Lane
San Marcos, TX
1.512.392.6450 (reservations)
Map

Accommodations

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UT Law CLE

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