Probate Academy

May 4 - 6, 2022

Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554

The Probate Academy is designed to meet the educational needs of judges, clerks and other court personnel responsible for setting and disposing of probate and guardianship cases.

For more information, contact Ashley Royer or Regan Frugé at (800) 456-5974.

Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554

Sponsored by:

The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Tech University School of Law.

Overview

The Probate Academy is a program designed to meet the educational needs of judges, clerks and other court personnel responsible for setting and disposing of probate and guardianship cases. The course will feature two tracks: one for judges and one for elected clerks and those responsible for daily operations of the probate court. Judges can earn 16 hours of continuing education credit for attending. Approval is pending for clerks’ hours. The curriculum has been designed to meet the specific needs of each constituency, emphasizing the duties set forth in the Texas Estates Code and providing opportunities for interactive training and facilitated discussion with other elected officials and county personnel. In addition to in-depth training on core topics, the exchange of practical solutions to common problems is encouraged.

Reimbursement

This program is partially funded by a Judicial & Court Personnel Training Fund grant administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In accordance with grant guidelines, reimbursement up to $750 per fiscal year may be provided for allowable meals, lodging and transportation.

All travel reservations made through third-party vendors (Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Booking.com, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. For more information on reimbursement, please call Michele Mund at (800) 456-5974.

Reimbursement requests must be submitted to TAC within 60 days of the event. Any request received after 60 days will not be reimbursed.
Reimbursement may be provided for county judges and one clerk or clerk personnel (per county).

Who Should Attend

The content of this program is directed to constitutional county judges, elected clerks and court personnel when hearing and deposing a general jurisdiction probate docket.

Registration

Registration is $125.

Registration fees are voluntary and used for expenses that are unallowable or are insufficiently covered by the Judicial & Court Personnel Training Fund grant. These include speaker fees, materials, meals and social activities. Fees collected are deposited in a fund held for county judges’ education within the general revenue funds of the Texas Association of Counties.

County Judges Education Advisory Committee
Hon. Don Allred, Chair, Oldham County Judge
Hon. Mark Allen, Jasper County Judge
Hon. Brett Bray, Blanco County Judge
Hon. Stephanie Davis, Comanche County Judge
Hon. Ronnie J. Gordon, Hartley County Judge
Hon. Woodrow “Woody” Gossom Jr., Wichita County Judge
Hon. Justin Lewis, Hill County Judge
Hon. Francisco Ponce, Dimmit County Judge
Hon. Byron Ryder, Leon County Judge
Hon. Jimmy Sylvia, Chambers County Judge
Ms. Jamie Baker, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Texas Tech University School of Law (ex officio)
Hon. Renee Couch, Comal County Treasurer (ex officio)

County Clerks Education Advisory Committee for Probate Academy
Hon. Heidi Easley, Victoria County Clerk
Hon. Janette Green, Palo Pinto County Clerk
Hon. Donece Gregory, Tyler County Clerk
Hon. Beth A. Rothermel, Washington County Clerk
Hon. Julie Smith, Potter County Clerk
Hon. Brent Zitterkopf, Howard County Clerk

Moody Gardens Hotel
7 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 741-8484

For reservations, call (409) 741-8484 and request a room in the Texas Association of Counties room block. The group rate is $155/night for single/double, and space is limited. Please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline to reserve your room at the special rate is April 11, 2022.

Wednesday, May 4
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception

 

Tuesday, May 3
2-5 p.m. Registration Open
Wednesday, May 4
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
TBD Clerks and Judges Breakout Sessions
5-6 p.m. Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 5
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.-5 p.m. General Session
TBD Clerks and Judges Breakout Sessions
Friday, May 6
7 a.m.-noon Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8-11:30 a.m. General Session
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change. When curriculum is finalized, separate agendas for clerks and judges will be posted.

The Probate Academy provides judicial education credit for constitutional county judges. Application is pending for clerks’ education hours. Application is pending with the State Bar of Texas to determine MCLE credit for attorneys.

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges TBD
Clerks Pending
Attorneys Pending

Please email Regan Frugé to cancel your conference registration. You may also fax a notice of cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

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