Notices and Announcements

Volume 12, Issue 5

2017 Summer Conference!

The 2017 Summer Conference at the Schlitterbahn Water Park and Resort, South Padre Island, will take place on June 14-16, 2017.

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 Schlitterbahn Water Park and Resort 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:

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

Conference Topics Include:

  • Contracts Immunity Update
  • Employment Law Update
  • Defending Emergency Exception Cases
  • Legal Framework for Municipal Fees
  • Handling PIA Requests
  • Regulating Your City’s Homeless Population
  • Tax Foreclosed Properties
  • Hoarding
  • Regulation of Drones
  • Emerging Right of Way Issues
  • Legislative Update
  • And More!

Conference Events:

  • Wednesday, June 14, Welcome Reception hosted by Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP, and McCreary Veselka Bragg & Allen, PC
  • Thursday, June 15, Reception hosted by McKamie Krueger, LLP
  • Friday, June 16, Shrimp Boil hosted by Denton Navarro Rocha Bernal Hyde & Zech, PC

Call for Speakers

Attorneys interested in presenting at the 2017 TCAA Fall Affiliate Meeting, to be held at the TML Annual Conference in Houston, are invited to submit ideas to Scott Houston at by May 26, 2017.  The fall meeting will be on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

TCAA Adds Online Membership Directory

Looking to find the contact information for a fellow TCAA member?  You can now find it easier than ever using the convenient TCAA membership directory, available here:

85th Legislative Session

The 2017 legislative session began on January 10.  Stay informed by checking TML’s Legislative Update weekly for summaries of city-related bills and associated articles.

Free CLE for Coastal Bend Area City Attorneys

A free CLE seminar is being offered for government attorneys in the Coastal Bend, presented and co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Appellate Section and Government Law Section.

Date and time: Friday, June 9, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Location:  Del Mar Center for Economic Development, Room 117, 3209 South Staples, Corpus Christi, Texas  (free parking available)

Total CLE: 3.00 hours (.25 ethics)

Speakers and Presentations:

2:00-2:45 Sovereign Immunity and the Texas Tort Claims Act (.75):   Michael A. Shaunessy, Partner, McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, LLP, Austin, Texas

2:45-3:30 Court of Appeals Panel: Practice, Procedure, and Ethics (.75/.25 ethics):  Hon. Justice Dori Contreras, Hon. Justice Gina Benavides, Hon. Court Clerk Dorian Ramirez, Thirteenth Court of Appeals;  Moderator, Audrey Mullert Vicknair, The Law Office of Audrey Mullert Vicknair, Corpus Christi, Texas

Break 3:30 -3:45

3:45-4:15  Government Employment Law Update (.50) :   Arturo Michel, former City Attorney for Houston, Texas  (2004-2010) Partner, Thompson & Horton, LLP, Houston, Texas

4:15-4:45 Defense of Section 1983 Claims: Law and Strategy ( .50) :  Brian Miller, Partner, Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, LLP, Corpus Christi, Texas

4:45-5:15 Texas Public Information Act Update: (.50):  Cynthia A. Morales, Assistant Attorney General, Financial Litigation and Charitable Trusts Division, Austin, Texas

Registration Information:  Please RSVP by June 7th by responding to this email  (or to with the name or names of attendees and the respective governmental office and the names or names will be placed on a list for admittance.  Registration at door is as space available.

Questions?  Call Cynthia Morales at (512) 475-4470, Audrey Vicknair at 361-884-5400, or Brian Miller at 361-884-8808.

2017 TMCEC Prosecutors Conference

The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center Prosecutors Conference will be offered  June 26-28, 2017, in Addison. The brochure and registration form are available here.

IMLA Membership

Membership with IMLA doesn’t just mean discounts to their events. It’s much more than that. Click here to view a quick video about IMLA membership.

2016 TCAA Summer and 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 (Use the case-sensitive password “FreeCLE” to gain access to the sessions.)

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