Notices and Announcements

Volume 9, Issue 7

TCAA 2014 Fall Conference in Houston – Registration/Housing Information

The Texas City Attorneys Association Fall Conference will be held in conjunction with the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 2, 2014, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Topics will include: (1) background checks; (2) outdoor lighting ordinances; (3) recent state cases; (4) recent federal cases; (5) the Voting Rights Act; (6) ethics; and (7) a legislative forecast. Attorneys can earn up to 4.75 MCLE hours, including 1 ethics hour.  For more information or to register, please visit (Note:  Attorneys who will not be attending the entire TML Annual Conference and Exhibition will want to choose the “one-day registration” option.) If you have questions or need more information, please contact Heather Mahurin at 512-231-7400 or

Note:  A record 1,600 participants registered for the TML Annual Conference the first week that registration and housing opened. While the heavy volume crashed the housing server, J. Spargo (TML’s housing management company) has now confirmed housing reservations for almost 70% of our registered delegates who requested hotels.
TML is adding three new conference hotels next week – the Crowne Plaza, Club Quarters, and J.W. Marriott – and will be adding more as needed. Shuttle service will be provided to and from these hotels. The new hotels will be listed on the TML Annual Conference website when contracts are finalized.
J. Spargo will follow up in the next couple of weeks with all registrants whose housing isn’t yet confirmed (in the order that they registered for conference).

If you’re planning to register for the TML Annual Conference, the registration site is open! If you are registering and need housing, your housing request will be handled by J. Spargo in the order received.

We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic response to the Houston conference, and hope to see you there!

TCAA Award Scholarships

TCAA has awarded four $2,000 scholarships to in-house city or assistant cityattorneys to attend the 2014 IMLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD, on September 10–14, 2014. Congratulations to the four winners:

  • John E. Chosy, Assistant City Attorney, City of Brownsville
  • Andrew Quittner, City Attorney, City of Seguin
  • Jessica Richard, Municipal Court Coordinator/Assistant City Attorney, City of New Braunfels
  • Jennifer Richie, City Attorney, City of Waco

FREE CLE! The 2013 TCAA Fall 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.)

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