Notices and Announcements

Volume 11, Issue 7

In Memoriam

Claud Drinnen III.  Passed away June 18, 2016, at age 68 and one month before his planned retirement. He was deputy city attorney in Amarillo for 23 years and the TCAA Outstanding Assistant City Attorney of the Year, 1998.

TCAA 2016 Fall Conference in Austin

The Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) Fall Conference will be held in conjunction with the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 6, 2016, at the Austin Convention Center. Topics will include: (1) EEOC complaints; (2) Fair Housing Act; (3) BBCA Appeal Group v. City of Houston; (4) disability law and municipal zoning; (5) ethics; (6) “debtors prison” litigation; and (7) recent state and federal cases. Attorneys can earn up to 5 MCLE hours, including 1 ethics hour.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER. (Note: The schedule for the TCAA program is available under “Affiliate Programs,” and most attorneys who will not be attending the entire TML Annual Conference and Exhibition will want to choose the “one-day registration” option, which is $160 for TML members.) If you have questions or need more information, please contact Heather Ford at 512-231-7400 or

TCAA to Fill Board Position on October 6, 2016

Those interested in applying for a place on the board of the Texas City Attorneys Association should fill out an application and return it via email to Scott Houston at Application forms are available here and under the “About TCAA” tab, “Board of Directors” section, on the TCAA website at and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 19, 2016.

TCAA Adds Paralegal and Law Clerk Memberships!

At the 2016 summer conference, the TCAA membership approved the addition of two new membership classes.   A person is eligible to be a “Paralegal Member” if he or she meets the definition of “paralegal” as promulgated by the State Bar of Texas, is employed by an active, associate, or honorary member, and is interested in the representation of municipalities and the general improvement of municipal law practice and the purpose of TCAA.  A person is eligible to be a “Law Clerk (Student) Member” if he or she is enrolled at an accredited law school and is interested in the representation of municipalities and the general improvement of municipal law practice and the purpose of TCAA.  For more information, visit

Save the Date – Upcoming TCCFUI Seminar & Reception

The 2016 TCCFUI annual seminar and 25th anniversary reception will take place on October 20-21 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport.  The annual seminar is designed to cover a broad range of current telecommunications, gas and electric utility issues of interest to cities. For questions regarding the seminar and reception, contact Alisa Talley at 832.393.8531 or

IMLA Salary Survey for Local Government Attorneys

The 2016 International Municipal Lawyers Association Salary Survey for Local Government Attorneys is now active and ready to receive your data.  Any jurisdiction that successfully completes the survey will receive the survey results at no charge.  The final response deadline has been extended to August 5.  To take the 2016 Salary Survey, go to

IMLA Membership

Membership with IMLA doesn’t just mean discounts to their events such as the upcoming one in San Diego, CA. It’s much more than that. Click here to view a quick video about IMLA membership.


2015 TCAA Fall Conference Session is 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 (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