2014SummerConferenceSpecial Note on Seminar Materials: TCAA does not provide binders for speaker papers or printed materials of any kind. Instead, TCAA puts all speaker materials on the TCAA Web site at www.texascityattorneys.org under "Seminar Materials" for attendees to download in advance, if they so desire. No written materials are provided at the seminar location.


This will be the last summer conference in South Padre Island, so...

"Catch the Last Wave!"

10.5 Hours MCLE Credit, Including 1 Ethics Hours

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Reception Sponsors

Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP 
Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde and Zech P.C.
McKamie Krueger, LLP

Cooler Sponsor

Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.

Additional Sponsors


Wednesday, June 18 

1:30 - 4:00 p.m.  Registration and Refreshments
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.State Water Plan Planning 101:  Emily Rogers, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, Austin (.5 hour) 
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.Legislative Prayer, Allison E. Burns, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Newport Beach, CA (.5 hour)
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.Affordable Care Act, Rena Jenkins, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Georgetown (1 hour)
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.TCAA Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.Welcoming Reception at Isla Grand Beach Resort hosted by Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP 







Thursday, June 19

7:30 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 8:45 a.m. 

Opening Remarks, Mary Kay Fischer, City Attorney, Angleton and TCAA President

Presentations, Awards and Honorary Members

8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Pitfalls in the Use or Taking of Park Land, Dean Roggia, Assistant City Attorney, Waco (.5 hour)
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.Recent Federal Cases of Interest to Cities, Randy Montgomery, D. Randall Montgomery and Associates, Dallas (.75 hour)
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 - 11:00 a.mRecent State Cases of Interest to Cities, Laura Mueller, Assistant General Counsel, Texas Municipal League (.75 hour)
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.Trends in Construction Contracting, Jeff Chapman, The Chapman Law Firm, Austin (.5 hour)
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.Concrete Ways to Improve Your Legal Drafting, Chris Bowers, First Assistant City Attorney, Dallas (.5 hour)
1:15 - 2:15 p.m.Synthetic Drug Enforcement:  Multi-Department Strategies, Dan Santee, City Attorney; Jon James, Director of Planning and Development Services; and Theresa James, Assistant City Attorney, Abilene (1 hour)
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.Break
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.Economic Development Panel:  Recent Developments and the Tools to Deal with Them, J. Grady Randle, Chris Nichols, Tim Kirwin, Catarina Cron, and Byron Brown, Randle Law Office, Houston (.5 hour)
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Is Your Personnel Manual Up-to-Date? Sheila Gladstone, Lloyd Gosselink, Austin (.5 hour)
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Municipal Regulation of Firearms, Bobby Gervais, Olson & Olson L.L.P., Houston (.5 hour)
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.Grandfathered Permits, Scott Bounds, Olson & Olson L.L.P., Houston (.5 hour)
4:30 p.m.Adjourn
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.Reception at Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Boulevard, hosted by McKamie Krueger, L.L.P.
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.Parent’s Night Out - For kids 5 and up.  Pizza, games, and movies in the Key Largo Room (nominal charge)


           Friday, June 20 

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Ethics:  Should You be Using Your Cell Phone?  Thomas Gwosdz, City Attorney, Victoria (1 hour)
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.Eminent Domain:  The Pendulum Swings, Preston Dobbs and Scott Doggett, Burford & Ryburn, Dallas (.5 hour)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 - 11:15 a.m.Are Proprietary Contracts Putting Cities at Risk?  Jose de la Fuente and Amy Emerson, Lloyd Gosselink, Austin (.5 hour)
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.Does TOMA Allow a Town Hall Meeting?  Scott Houston, TCAA General Counsel, Austin (.5 hour)
11:45 a.m.Adjourn
5:30 p.m.Shrimp Boil at the Isla Blanca Pavilion hosted by Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, Hyde & Zech P.C.



Registration and Fees

Please click on one of the links below to register. Tuition includes handouts and refreshment breaks.

 EarlyAfter May 6After May 20
Two ways to register: Your registration will not be processed until payment is received.
  1. Register online for the 2014 TCAA Annual Conference now.
  2. Mail this form with payment to:
    TML Administrative Services
    1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400
    Austin, TX 78754-5101
Special Note on Seminar Materials: 
TCAA does not provide binders for speaker papers or printed materials of any kind. Instead, TCAA puts all speaker materials on the TCAA Web site at www.texascityattorneys.org under "Seminar Materials" for attendees to download in advance, if they so desire. No written materials are provided at the seminar location.


Cancellation and Substitution Policy:

A $45 fee will be assessed on all registration cancellations. Only written cancellations received prior to May 30, 2014, will be honored. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. You may send cancellations by email to acct@tml.org or by fax to 512-231-7490. If the registrant is unable to attend, the registrant may send a substitute.



Isla Grand Beach Resort (formerly the Radisson Resort)

500 Padre Boulevard 956-761-6511

Rate: $180 for cabana rooms and $295 for condominiums until May 6, 2014.

Reservations in the TCAA room block at the Isla Grand Beach Resort will open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Refer to the TCAA Summer Conference room block when making your reservations at the Isla Grand to  receive the conference rate.

Please Note the Isla Grand's Reservation Policy:

  • All reservations at the Isla Grand will require a deposit of one night's room and tax (non-refundable, non-cancelable, and non-transferable).
  • The number of rooms that each caller is allowed to reserve will be limited to four.
  • Each reservation will require a name to be assigned to each room (e.g., no duplicate names will be allowed).

Overflow Hotels in Alphabetical Order (Reservations at these properties can be made beginning on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.):

  • The Inn At South Padre, located at 1709 Padre Boulevard, is offering a rate of $89 until June 2, 2014. For reservations, call 956-761-5658.
  • Pearl South Padre Hotel, located at 310 Padre Boulevard, is offering a rate of $185 until May 6, 2014. For reservations, call 956-761-655. For more informaiton on this property, go to www.pearlsouthpadre.com.
  • Go to http://www.sopadre.com for a listing of other accommodations on South Padre Island.
Airport Shuttle:

South Padre Shuttle offers service from Valley International Airport in Harlingen. Call1-877-774-0050 or book online at www.southpadreshuttle.com. Rates are $25 one-way or $40 roundtrip but are subject to change.

Special Accommodations:

Let us know if you need special accommodations of any kind. In order to respond to any special requests, we would appreciate as much advance notice as possible.

Continuing Education Credit:

Attorneys can earn up to 10.5 total MCLE hours (including 1 ethics hour). Elected officials (mayors and councilmembers) can earn Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) credits. For further information on the TMLI program, please call us at 512-231-7400, or log on to the TML Web site atwww.tml.org.

The dress is strictly CASUAL - NO TIES ALLOWED. For more information, call JJ Rocha at 512-231-7400, or email jj@tml.org.

This course has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 10.5 credit hours, of which 1 credit hour will apply to legal ethics/professional responsibility credit.