Notices and Announcements

Volume 11, Issue 4

2016 Summer Conference!

The 2016 Summer Conference at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort will take place on June 15-17, 2016.

The TCAA Summer Conference is the best CLE program created specifically for municipal lawyers.

Earn your entire year’s participatory CLE requirement with a 13 hour (including 2 ethics hours) program! Bring the family to experience everything the Hyatt Lost Pines has to offer and join us as we continue the TCAA tradition of excellence.

For more information, including housing, and to register for this conference, please go to: www.tcaasummerconference.org.

Hotel Information:  The online hotel reservation portal is under the “General Information” tab.

Conference Topics Include:

  • Federal Environmental Update
  • H.B. 1295 Contracts Disclosure
  • Licensed Carry Update
  • Social Media Legal Issues Update
  • Charter Review
  • Privacy and Data Security Issues
  • Contractual Immunity
  • Employment Law
  • Mandamus and Ultra Vires Issues
  • Construction Delays and Delay Claims
  • How to Deal with Bond Counsel
  • DAS and Right-of-Way Licensing
  • ASCAP Licensing
  • Ethics
  • And More!

Conference Events:

  • Wednesday, June 15 reception and dinner hosted by Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP and McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C.
  • Thursday, June 16 breakfast hosted by Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
  • Thursday, June 16 reception and dinner hosted by McKamie Krueger, LLP

IMLA Annual Conference Scholarships

TCAA, in conjunction with the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), is proud to continue the Susan C. Rocha Memorial Scholarships for the 2016 IMLA Annual Conference.

In Susan’s memory, TCAA will provide four $2,000 scholarships to the 2016 IMLA Annual Conference for in-house city or assistant city attorneys only. Two will be from the eight largest cities (Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, or San Antonio), and two will be from the remaining cities. The conference will be in San Diego, CA, September 28 – October 2, 2016. (For more information on the conference, go to www.imla.org.)

The winners will be drawn from lots. There can be only one winner per city, and winners from previous years are not eligible. The deadline to apply for the drawing is 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2016.

If you wish to submit your name for the drawing, please send an email to Heather Ford at ford@tml.org. Include your name, position, city, address, phone number, and email address.

Call For Award Nominations: Galen Sparks and Susan Rocha Awards for Outstanding Public Service by an Assistant City Attorney

Galen Sparks served as an assistant city attorney and dedicated public servant for the City of Dallas for over 27 years. He distinguished himself in a variety of areas of municipal law and generously shared his time and expertise in a way that substantially enhanced the professionalism of his fellow municipal lawyers. The TCAA Galen Sparks Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Assistant City Attorney is intended to recognize and honor a current or former assistant city attorney for significant and distinguished career achievements in the field of municipal law.

The TCAA board grants one award each year for an assistant city attorney from Texas’ eight largest cities (Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, or San Antonio).

Susan Rocha served as an assistant city attorney for the City of San Antonio early in her career, and went on to be a trailblazer in municipal law. She served as president of both the Texas City Attorneys Association and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and was a mentor and role model for many attorneys in the field due to her hard work, many achievements, and – of course – irrepressible personality. The TCAA Susan Rocha Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Assistant City Attorney is intended to recognize and honor a current or former assistant city attorney for significant and distinguished career achievements in the field of municipal law. Because of her work with smaller cities, the TCAA board grants one award each year for an assistant city attorney from any city other than Texas’ eight largest cities (Arlington, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, or San Antonio).

The recipients of these awards will be honored at the TCAA Summer Conference in Bastrop. In addition, TCAA will waive the recipients’ seminar registration fee and reimburse the recipients up to $500 for transportation and lodging for the meeting. The deadline to apply to receive the award at the 2016 summer meeting in Bastrop on June 15-17 is April 24, 2016.

For downloadable criteria and a nomination form, please go to the Awards/Certifications link on http://texascityattorneys.org/.

Call For Award Nominations: TCAA Outstanding Mentor Award 

Just about every lawyer has a mentor who guided his or her career. In an effort to recognize the efforts of a special municipal law mentor, the TCAA Board of Directors recently created the TCAA “Outstanding Mentor Award.” The award is intended to recognize and honor a municipal attorney for his or her significant and distinguished mentoring achievements related to young attorneys and their practice in the field of municipal law.

The nominee must have demonstrated the qualities of a mentor to one or more young municipal attorneys by, for example: (1) serving as a role model to young municipal lawyers in his or her community; (2) fostering the development of young municipal lawyers; and (3) significantly contributing to the profession and/or the community.

The recipient of this award will be honored at the TCAA Semi-Annual Meeting in Bastrop. In addition, TCAA will waive the recipient’s seminar registration fee and reimburse the recipient up to $500 for transportation and lodging for the meeting. The deadline to apply to receive the award at the 2016 summer meeting in Bastrop on June 15-17 is April 24, 2016. For downloadable criteria and an application form, please go to the Awards/Certifications link on http://texascityattorneys.org/.

FREE CLE!

The 2014 and 2015 TCAA Summer Conferences and the 2015 TCAA Fall Conference Sessions are Available Online

The TCAA Online Seminars are FREE, allowing TCAA members who are city attorneys, assistant city attorneys, or attorneys who regularly practice municipal law to view videos of past seminars in a singlesession format. Viewing of the session allows attorneys to receive participatory CLE credit with the State Bar. To view available seminars, please visit www.tcaaonlineseminars.org. (Use the case-sensitive password “FreeCLE” to gain access to the sessions.)

If you would like to have an article considered for publication in the TCAA newsletter, please send your request to Christy Drake-Adams at christy@tml.org.

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