Notices and Announcements

Volume 8, Issue 6

TCAA Summer Conference Location – Let Your Voice be Heard

At the October 9, 2013, Texas City Attorneys Association board meeting, the board decided to take the first step towards moving the location of the summer conference for 2015 and beyond.  While TCAA has enjoyed a long tradition of going to South Padre Island, hotel size, service, quality, and health and safety have caused concern.  Out of respect for the membership and sponsors, the board is seeking your input on moving the conference.

Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey asking you to rank seven possible summer conference locations.  Responses are due by October 22, 2013, at 5 p.m.

Thank you for your input.  Please contact Scott Houston, TCAA General Counsel, at or 512-231-7464 with questions.

2014 TCAA Summer Conference: Call for Speakers

The Texas City Attorneys Association invites all attorneys interested in presenting at the 2014 TCAA Summer Conference in South Padre Island to submit your ideas to Scott Houston at by January 3, 2014.  This year’s conference will be held on June 18-20, 2014.

Questions? Contact Scott Houston at or 512-231-7400.

New TCAA Officer Installed at Fall Meeting

Frank Garza passed the gavel to the new TCAA Board President, Mary Kay Fischer, city attorney for the City of Angleton, at the TCAA Fall Meeting. Ron Stutes, attorney at Potter Minton, was also elected to be a new director for the TCAA board at the meeting. A complete board list is available at

TCAA Members Honored at the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) 2013 Annual Conference in San Francisco

Janet Spugnardi, Senior Assistant City Attorney for City of Irving, received the Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award, recognizing a public law practitioner who has provided outstanding service to the public.

Alan Bojorquez, TCAA Board Member, received the President’s Award for Outstanding State Chair.

Paige Mims, TCAA Board Member and Deputy City Attorney for City of Plano, was elected as the Regional Vice-President for the Fifth Circuit.

Tyrone Cooper, TCAA Board Member and City Attorney for City of Beaumont, was elected to the IMLA Board of Directors.

Congratulations to all!

TCAA 2014 Summer Conference in South Padre Island – DATE CHANGE

The TCAA 2014 Summer Conference at the Isla Grand Resort in South Padre Island was originally scheduled for June 4-6, 2014.  THAT DATE HAS CHANGED.  The conference will now be held on June 18-20, 2014.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

FREE CLE! The 2013 TCAA Summer Conference 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.)

State and Local Legal Center SCOTUS Webinar

The State and Local Legal Center will be hosting a free one-hour webinar beginning at Noon Central Time on October 22, 2013.  Space is limited, so reserve a place now at

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing numerous cases of interest to state and local government during its October Term, including issues such as prayer at a town board meetings, banning affirmative action at public universities, and buffer-zones surrounding reproductive health clinics.  Join Tom Hungar, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who will argue the prayer case; Kannon Shanmugam, leader of Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice; and David Savage, Los Angeles Times Supreme Court correspondent, in a discussion of the significant Supreme Court cases affecting state and local government hosted by the State and Local Legal Center.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

(This course has been submitted by TCAA to the State Bar and approved for 1.5 hours of participatory credit (course number 901279902).  Attorneys are responsible for reporting their own hours online to the State Bar.)