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BBC 2017 App by Juris Fabrilis

Back Bench Bar 2017

Back Bench Bar 2017
9:00 am
Registration Opens

9:55 am
Opening Remarks / Welcome
Leslie Barrows - Bench Bar Committee Chair
& Jim Pruitt - Mayor of Rockwall

10:00 am
Kendra Culpepper - Rockwall County Criminal District

11:00 am
"Technology in the Courtroom During Jury Selection"
Joetta Keene

11:30 am
"Are You Really 'Fully Insured?'"
Steve Laird

12:00 pm
Hilton Lakefront Pergola

12:30 pm
Ethics & Malpractice Issues in the use of Current Technology
Jett Hanna

1:00 pm
Updates in Sports & Entertainment Law
Christian Dennie

1:30 pm
The Lawyer's Eminent Domain Checklist
John Allen Chalk, Sr.

2:00 pm
Shotgun Topics
(Judges will discuss their court programs)

Judge Carey Walker - First Offenders Drug Program
Judge Robb Catalano - Felony Alcohol Intervention Program
Associate Judge Ellen Smith - Family Drug Court for CPS
Judge Brent Carr - Veteran's Court

3:15 pm

3:30 pm
9-Hole Golf
Waterview Golf Club - Rowlett

Lawyer Olympics
See Janet Denton

7:30 pm
Murder Mystery Dinner on the Pergola
Western Attire

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8:00 am
Compass Rose at the Hilton Lakefront

9:00 am
New Judges' Court Rules
Judge Brooke Allen - Probate Court #2
Justice Leza Kerr - 2nd Court of Appeals
Judge Scott Walker - Court of Criminal Appeals
Judge Patricia Baca Bennett - 360th District Court
Judge Michael Wallach - 348th District Court

10:00 am
Gun Laws
An Le Hsu

10:30 am
Recent Issues in Federal Court
District Judge Reed O'Connor - US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Magistrate Judge Jeff Cuerton - US District Court for the Northern District of Texas

11:00 am
Mental Health Issues
Ronnie Hall

11:30 am
Protective Orders
Marvina Robinson - Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

11:55 am
Presentation by Bench Bar Committee

12:00 pm
Adjourn / Lunch Hilton Lakefront - Prefunction West (Registration Area)

1:30 pm
Judges' Cup Golf Tournament
Buffalo Creek Golf Course Pro Shop

Painting with a Twist
See Kim Stoner & Karmen Johnson

7:00 pm
Dinner & Awards Presentation
Bella Harbor Ballroom (E,F) at the Hilton Lakefront

8:30 pm
Wild West Trivia

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8:30 am
Compass Rose

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Waterview Golf Club

Waterview Golf Club - Rowlett
Waterview Golf Club
9509 Waterview Parkway
Rowlett, TX 75089
(972) 463-8900


Friday, April 28th 2017

Get teamed up with friends, collegues or folks you may have never met before for a great golf outing. The Friday 9-Hole is a great chance to unwind from the morning MCLE and relax at the Waterview Golf Club's course!

Buffalo Creek Golf Course

Buffalo Creek Golf Course
Buffalo Creek Golf Club
624 Country Club Drive
Rockwall, TX 75032
(972) 771-4003

Judge's Cup

Satuday, April 29th 2017

Envy is a powerful emotion! if your name is not engraved on the “Judges’ Cup” start practicing now. The traveling Judges’ Cup Trophy will be presented to the winners of the Saturday 18-Hole Golf Tournament during the Saturday evening Awards Presentation.
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The Hunt Directions (in PDF) !

The 2017 Lawyer/Judge Olympics Photo Scavenger Hunt

Each photo captured is worth 5 points.
Extra points are awarded by the LO judges for originality, entertainment value, artistry and difficulty.
Each photo captured with all team members gets a bonus 2 points (that means a group selfie or you find someone to take the photo)
There must be at least 3 team members in each photo
Photos received after 6pm will have 1 point deducted for every 15 minutes over but if you are still having fun, stay the course! You might make it up in the subjective categories.
Text all photos to 817-239-3330 with the name of your team in the text.

1. Forget about lawyering, this is the job I really want!
2. These are a few of my favorite things
3. Stress Relief
4. New Perspective
5. Make us laugh. Make us laugh. Make us laugh!
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Thanks to our Sponsors for making this Conference Possible!

Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C.

Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC


McDonald Sanders, PC

Winstead PC

Haynes and Boone, LLP

Koons Fuller Family Law

Aldrich, PLLC

Brackett & Ellis, PC

Harris, Finley & Bogle, PC

Lively and Associates, L.L.P.

Cantey Hanger

State Bar of Texas

Bush Rudnicki Shelton, PC

Barlow, Garsek & Simon, LLP

Friedman, Suder & Cooke

The Barrows Firm, PC

Juris Fabrilis, Inc.

Decker Jones, PC

Law Office of Greg Lehrmann

Law Office of Nancy Gordon

The Medlin Law Firm, PLLC

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Leslie Barrows, Chair

Kimberly Stoner-Brock, Chair-Elect

Greg Lehrmann, Finance Chair

Nick Bettinger
Lisa Callaghan
Sonya Carillo
Henry Clark
Elizabeth Cortright
Janet Denton
John Doyen
Lance Evans
Jacquelyn Flynt
Crystal L. Gayden
Cynthia Gustafson
Karmen Johnson
Steve Laird
John Lively
Robert McEwan
Justin Murray
Amanda Rodriguez
Susan Smith
Bob West


Megan Cooley, Executive Director
Sherry Jones, Associate Executive Director

Audio/Visual/Entertainment Support Team

Juris Fabrilis
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2017 Conference Details

Join fellow members of the Bench and the Bar at the Hilton Lakefront in Rockwall on April 28-30, 2017 for a memorable opportunity to network and build relationships while enjoying interesting speakers and presentations. The beautiful resort features numerous amenities, exceptional dining and a perfect setting for our conference social activities.

Activities at Bench Bar 2017

Lawyer Olympics
Spa Facilities (Off Site)
Golf (Off Site)
Lake Views and Relaxation

Recruit Your Friends

Returning Bench Bar attendees are challenged to recruit as many first-time attendees for Bench Bar XXIV as possible. The attorney that recruits the most first-time attendees who register, pay and attend will win a free registration to Bench Bar XXV (2018).

Scholarships: First-Time Attendees

First-time attendees who have been licensed for five years or less are eligible for partial scholarships (based on double occupancy). For details and a scholarship form, call Sherry at 817-338-4092. Apply early for a scholarship.

Barlow Big Heart Award

James B. Barlow was a loyal attendee and supporter of TCBA Bench Bar Conferences. Jim made everyone feel welcome and was a positive role model for all who attended the conferences. In memory and special recognition of him, attendees will nominate a member who actively promotes positive relationships between the bench and bar during the conference. The attendee selected with receive the James B. Barlow “Big Heart” Award.

Judges' Cup

Envy is a powerful emotion! If your name is not engraved on the “judges’ Cup” start practicing now. The traveling Judges’ Cup Trophy will be presented to the winners of the Saturday 18-Hole Golf Tournament during the Saturday evening Awards Presentation.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Spend Friday evening with other conference attendees as we enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner at the Hilton Lakefront Pergola. Who will die? Who will figure it out? This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow attorneys and judges.

Wild West Trivia

Spend Saturday evening with other conference attendees as we enjoy Wild West Trivia! Be sure to brush up on your western-themed trivia as this is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow attorneys and judges. The committee has surprises and prizes for everyone!

MCLE Credit

TCBA will be requesting 7.75 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.5 hours of ethics.
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