Notices and Announcements

Volume 13, Issue 11

2019 TCAA Summer Conference:  Call for Speakers

The Texas City Attorneys Association invites all attorneys interested in presenting at the 2019 TCAA Summer Conference at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, to submit your ideas to Christy Drake-Adams at by January 4, 2019.  This year’s conference will be held on June 19-21, 2019. The TCAA board will set the agenda for the summer conference at their February board meeting. Questions? Contact Christy Drake-Adams at or 512-231-7400.

IMLA Selects James E. Darling to Receive its Highest Award

In a ceremony that was held on October 18, 2018, in Houston, IMLA awarded its highest award to James E. Darling of McAllen. The Charles S. Rhyne Award is named after the founder of IMLA, and was created to honor the recipient’s lifetime achievements in the field of municipal law.

Mr. Darling is now the Mayor of McAllen. Before that, he served as a city commissioner as well as the city attorney for many cities. Mr. Darling served pro bono as general counsel for McAllen Affordable Homes, on the Board of Directors for Hidalgo County Bar Association, and as a Texas Municipal League Board member. Prior to serving his city and region, he served our nation in the Vietnam War for two tours of duty.

86th Legislative Session  

The 2019 legislative session doesn’t begin until January 8, but legislators started pre-filing bills on November 12. Stay informed by checking TML’s Legislative Update weekly for summaries of city-related bills and associated articles.

Volunteer Opportunity

YMCA Texas Youth and Government is a civics education program that trains middle school and high school students in the functioning of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The judicial section relies heavily on practicing attorneys and legal staff to judge delegate performances in mock trials. If you are interested in serving as an evaluator at the State Conference in Austin (January 24-27, 2019), please complete the Volunteer Interest Form, available here:

TCAA Online Membership Directory

Looking to find the contact information for a fellow TCAA member? You can find it using the TCAA membership directory, 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.

Continuing Legal Education

Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar

TCAA is proud to present the February 2018 Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar as an online course! The seminar is designed for attorneys who are new to municipal law or for those who want to brush up on the basics. For more information, or to purchase the course, go to For $149, you can access this seminar online at a time and place that works best for you.  Up to eight hours of CLE credit hours (including 0.75 ethics hour) are available for this course.

2018 TCAA Summer and Fall Conferences

These TCAA online seminars are FREE, allowing TCAA members who are city attorneys, assistant city attorneys, or attorneys who regularly practice municipal law to view the video of these conferences 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