1 2210 Hancock Drive, Austin, Texas fax FACULTY BIOGRAPHIES ROBBY CHAPMAN Robby Chapman is Program Director for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Chapman served as an Assistant District Attorney for Nueces County, Assistant City Attorney and City Prosecutor for the City of Cedar Park, and a criminal defense attorney with Dunham and Jones. Mr. Chapman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from St. Mary s University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Chapman represented disadvantaged persons in Bexar County as a student attorney for the St. Mary s Center for Legal and Social Justice. CANDACE CHAPPELL Candace Chappell grew up in Lubbock, Texas and is a third generation attorney. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she earned her Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree and Juris Doctorate. She worked in the Dallas Criminal District Attorney s Office, the El Paso Court of Appeals, and the El Paso County District Attorney s Office, and as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of El Paso. In 1995, Ms. Chappell went to work for the City of Irving, the year the city became a court of record. She is presently employed in Irving as a Senior Assistant City Attorney where she performs both prosecutorial and general municipal law duties. GARY ELLSWORTH Judge Ellsworth is a non-attorney judge and has served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Spearman since December 1993 and served the City of Gruver for seven years. Judge Ellsworth participates in the Partner in Education Program for the 4 th grade at Spearman Elementary where he teaches the Junior Judges curriculum which focuses on making good choices. In 2001, he served as a judicial mentor for the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. He is also the owner and operator of the Lyric Cinema, Spearman s two-screen movie theatre, and the local agent for Beaver Express, a freight delivery & shipping company. But his favorite role in life is that of Papa to his five grandchildren. JAVIER GONZALEZ Javier Gonzalez was born in Brownsville, Texas and has been practicing for almost 20 years in Texas. Mr. Gonzalez is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Mr. Gonzalez attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, (B.B.A., 1990) and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University (J.D., cum laude, 1993). Mr. Gonzalez has been a judge an Associate Judge for the Harlingen, Texas since August of He is also a partner with the law firm of Royston Rayzor in their South Texas office and has been with the firm for over 17 years. He recently finished up a 7 day jury trial on a major bus accident for the defense with a favorable verdict in Brooks County, Texas.
2 His trial experience began in the Cameron County District Attorney's Office where he was a First Chair Felony Prosecutor, successfully prosecuting to verdict criminal cases ranging from simple assault to capital murder from 1993 to Mr. Gonzalez's practice now focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on defense in wrongful death and personal injury. MARK GOODNER Mark Goodner serves as the for the City of Woodcreek and is the Program Attorney and Deputy Counsel for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Prior to joining the Center, he worked in civil litigation in Austin. Mr. Goodner graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with a juris doctorate and certification in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Dispute Resolution in May of While in law school, he worked in the mediation clinic, was a finalist in the Thad T. Hutcheson Moot Court Competition, and served on the executive board of Assault & Flattery. PETER GRAHAM Judge Peter Graham has been an associate judge in Irving since December After graduating from University of Dallas in Irving with a BA in Politics, he joined the Marine Corps where he served as a tank commander before being stationed at the Marine Recruiting Station in Dallas. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law and is in private practice in Arlington. He is a member of the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Tankers Association, and is active in the Marine Corps Toys-for- Tots program. Recreation interests include civil war re-enactments and anything else that does not involve being on a telephone. BRIAN HOLMAN Brian Holman is the for the City of Lewisville as well as the prosecutor for the City of Northlake and the City of Justin. Prior to taking the bench full-time, he had a solo law practice for 10 years in Denton, Texas, with an emphasis in family law and criminal defense. Judge Holman is currently serving as President-Elect for the Texas Municipal Courts Association (TMCA) and has been on the faculty of the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center since Judge Holman was born and raised in San Diego, California and attended Brigham Young University where he received a bachelor s degree in Political Science. He later went on to receive his law degree from the University of Arkansas. While living in Spain, Judge Holman developed a fluency in the Spanish language which he continues to use as judge. He currently resides in Denton with his wife and two daughters. MATT KING Judge King graduated with honors in 1977 from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received his Doctor s of Jurisprudence in 1983 from Texas Tech University School of Law. He started his career in the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's office and worked in both the civil and criminal divisions. In 1987 he entered private practice and specialized in criminal defense. Judge King is admitted to practice in Federal Court for the Northern District of Texas, and in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge King was first appointed as a relief Judge for the City of Keller in 1993, and beginning in 1995 served as the Presiding Municipal Judge. In 2007 he resigned this position after being been appointed a Tarrant County Criminal Magistrate. Currently he handles all aspects of the criminal justice system. His responsibilities include presiding over jury selection, probation revocation hearings, bond forfeitures,
3 bond reductions hearings, motions to suppress, all pre-trial motion hearings, ruling on the admissibility of evidence, accepting plea bargains, and the magistration of inmates. VICTOR LANDER Victor Lander was born in Georgia and grew up in New York City and Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and his juris doctorate from the University of Texas in Austin. Judge Lander worked for the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., before joining his father, the late Fred L. Lander, III, in the private practice of law in state and federal courts in Dallas. He was appointed an Associate (part-time) Municipal Judge for the City of Dallas in 1991 and has served as a full-time Municipal Judge for Dallas since He was named Outstanding Municipal Judge by the Texas Municipal Courts Association in 2003, and served on the Board of the TMCA from 2005 to PAM LISTON Pamela H. Liston, born in Lubbock, Texas, is a partner in The Liston Law Firm, P.C. Her practice consists primarily of representation of clients in the areas of public and criminal law. She was recently appointed associate judge for the city of Rowlett. Judge Liston is noted for her work in municipal court prosecution and appellate practice and has extensive experience and training in that area. She has been a featured author twice published in the Municipal Court Recorder, and has served as faculty of the Texas Municipal Court Education Center Prosecutor s School. She is also a past Course Director for TMCEC. Judge Liston is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel which provides legal services to indigent criminal defendants in the federal system. Ms. Liston has served in this capacity since 1998 and enjoys her work in this area immensely. She has recently completed an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and has filed a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in that case. Judge Liston received her B.A. degree in English in 1989 and her J.D. degree in 1994 both from Texas Tech University. During law school, she was a member of the Texas Tech University School of Law Marshall Moot Court National Team. She was admitted to the bar of Texas in 1994 and is licensed to practice before all state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Judge Liston has two published municipal court cases of Ex Parte Rinkevich, No CR (Tex. App. Dallas 2007) and State v. Morales, CR (Tex. App. Dallas). She is the wife of her law partner, Paul J. Liston, and is the mother of four wonderful children. PAUL LISTON Paul J. Liston is a partner with The Liston Law Firm, P.C. He is the of the City of Anna and the Associate Judge of the cities of Royse City and Fairview. In addition, Mr.Liston currently serves as prosecutor for the Cities of Rockwall, Little Elm, Mesquite, and Heath. He began teaching with TMCEC earlier this year and has 14 years' experience in the municipal law context. Mr. Liston obtained his juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law in He also holds an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University.
4 Mr. Liston grew up in El Paso. He currently resides in the Dallas area with his wife and four children. KEVIN MADISON Judge Madison graduated from UT-Austin with a B.A. with Honors in Psychology. After college, Judge Madison attended the UT System Police Academy and graduated as the class Valedictorian. Judge Madison earned his law degree from the University of Houston, served as a deputy sheriff after law school, and then was appointed as an Assistant District Attorney for Travis County. Later he served as the Chief of Police in Smithville. Judge Madison has over 26 years experience as a municipal judge and has served as Lakeway s since Judge Madison received the 2009 Outstanding Municipal Court Judge award from the Texas Municipal Courts Association and his court in Lakeway has been recognized for his traffic safety initiative programs by TMCEC and TxDOT in 2008, 2009, 2012, and Judge Madison proudly serves his community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. JAN BLACKLOCK MATTHEWS Jan Blacklock Matthews is municipal judge for the city of Wilson (appointed 2011). She an attorney and trained mediator in civil, criminal and USDA matters. She served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lubbock (elected 1994 and 1998, appointed ). Judge Matthews has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sul Ross State University and her Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. Prior to becoming judge, she held the position of Assistant District Attorney and Misdemeanor Chief for the Lubbock County District Attorney s Office. ANDY QUITTNER For the past 3 years, Andy Quittner has been with the City of San Marcos. And for two years, has served as the Assistant City Attorney. Prior to serving in San Marcos, Mr. Quittner was the Senior Assistant City Attorney for Corpus Christi from 1999 to 2005 and the Assistant County Attorney/ Assistant District Attorney for Nueces County from 1997 to Mr. Quittner attended Louisiana State University where he received his B.S. in Biology, the University of Texas where he received his M.A. in Chemistry and the University of Texas Law School. He is a Registered Patent Attorney and serves on the Board of Directors as treasurer for Texas Clown Association. Since January 2010, Mr. Quittner has served as the city attorney for Seguin, Texas. The Seguin legal department is a one person office including municipal court prosecution. Prior to taking the position in Seguin, Mr. Quittner served as an assistant city attorney, and interim city attorney in San Marcos and Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Quittner has also served as an assistant county attorney, assistant district attorney and a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi. Mr. Quittner is a mediator, taught mediation, and has served on the board of directors for the Nueces County Dispute Resolution Center. LESTER RORICK Lester Rorick has spent the last seven years as the presiding judge for the City of Pasadena. He has served as the assistant city attorney and the tax collection attorney for Pasadena, the city attorney for Pearland and Shore Acres. Judge Lester received his Juris Doctorate in 1977 from the South Texas College of Law. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Texas Municipal Court Association and the Texas Municipal
5 Courts Education Center. He is also on the board of directors of the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo; and a member of the advisory board for the San Jacinto Day Foundation. WARREN SPENCER Warren Spencer is currently the City Attorney for two Metroplex cities. He previously served as: the Assistant Police Legal Advisor for the Arlington Police Department; the Senior Legal Advisor for the Plano Police Department; and, as an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Plano. Prior to, and while attending, law school at the University of Texas he served as a police officer. His duties as a peace officer have included patrol, criminal investigation, administration, training and supervision. The highest rank held by Mr. Spencer was Captain. After graduation from the University of Texas School of Law Mr. Spencer served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Tarrant County District Attorney s Office, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor offenses. He has been involved with law enforcement and municipal matters for 27 years. Mr. Spencer has been actively involved with law enforcement training for 24 years. He has instructed at several area police academies, as well as at many area police departments. He has co-authored a textbook on arrest, search and seizure law for Texas peace officers, which is in its 18th year of publication. He also writes a monthly newsletter for Texas peace officers, which is entering its 17th year of publication. He regularly consults with law enforcement agencies as to training needs, including liability and search and seizure issues. Mr. Spencer currently holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and an Instructor s Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He obtained his bachelor s degree from University of Texas at Arlington and his master s degree from Texas Christian University. He has worked with TCOLE to update legal curriculums for both basic and intermediate level academy classes. During his time with the City of Plano Mr. Spencer assisted in the development of a comprehensive Conflict Management System for the City to resolve complaints between employees. He is a graduate of the Management Preparation Program for Plano. He assisted in the training of employees in the state certified mediator s course and he is an academically certified mediator in Texas. Mr. Spencer served on the graduate faculty for the School of Dispute Resolution at Southern Methodist University, as well as on the faculty for Northlake College in the dispute resolution program. Mr. Spencer currently serves on the graduate faculty of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Spencer also instructs for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. REBECCA STARK Ms. Stark has worked in city government since 1978 and has been teaching various classes for TMCEC for several years. She was the city manager of a medium sized city and then of a small city in the Metroplex area. She left city management to become the court clerk for a large city, Fort Worth, and is now the court clerk for the Austin Municipal Court. Ms. Stark has experienced court operations in various sized cities and is here to share her experiences while teaching this seminar today. RYAN KELLUS TURNER Ryan Kellus Turner is General Counsel and Director of Education for the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center. Prior to joining the Center in 1999, he served as Briefing Attorney for Judge Sharon Keller at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Mr. Turner obtained his juris doctorate from Southern
6 Methodist University School of Law. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with highest honors from St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, where he now teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In 2004 and 2013 he was the recipient of the School s Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award. Mr. Turner is currently Deputy City Attorney for the City of Dripping Springs and has served as a Special Assistant County Attorney for Kendall County. In 2011, he was an advisory member on the Texas Judicial Council s Juvenile Justice Committee. The Committee was charged with assessing the impact of school discipline and school-based policing on referrals to Texas courts and to make public policy recommendations. In 2012, Mr. Turner was named Co-Chair of the Texas Judicial Council Legislative Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice. A native Texan, Mr. Turner was raised in the north Texas town of Vernon. He is the co-author of the books Lone Star Justice: A Comprehensive Overview of the Texas Criminal Justice System and The Municipal Judges Book. TED WOOD Mr. Wood is employed as Assistant General Counsel for the Office of Court Administration (OCA). Prior to joining OCA, Mr. Wood served as Randall County Judge from 1995 to He has taught state and federal government classes at Amarillo College and has worked as a briefing attorney for the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo. Mr. Wood is a 1991 graduate of Baylor Law School where he was a Notes and Comments Editor on the Baylor Law Review. He earned an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin.
7 Robby Chapman Program Director TMCEC 2210 Hancock Drive Austin, TX (o) (f) Candace Chappell Senior Assistant City Attorney City of Irving 305 North O'Connor Road Irving, TX (o) (f) Gary Ellsworth City of Spearman PO Box 37 Spearman, TX (f) Javier Gonzalez Alternate Judge City of Harlingen 1018 Fairpark Boulevard Harlingen, TX (o) (f) Mark Goodner Program Attorney & Deputy Counsel TMCEC 2210 Hancock Drive Austin, TX (o) (f) Peter Graham Associate Judge City of Irving PO Box Irving, TX (o) (f) TEXAS MUNICIPAL COURTS EDUCATION CENTER FACULTY ROSTER Regional Judges Seminar Lubbock April 14 16, 2014 Brian Holman City of Lewisville P.O. Box Lewisville, TX (o) (f) Matt King Tarrant County Magistrate Tarrant County 8733 Trailwood court Keller, TX (o) (f) Victor Lander Judge City of Dallas 2014 Main Street, Ste. 210 Dallas, TX (o) (f) Pam Liston Associate Judge City of Rowlett P.O. Box 1882 Rowlett, TX (o) (f) Paul Liston City of Anna PO Box 776 Anna, TX (o) (f) Kevin Madison City of Lakeway 104 Cross Creek Lakeway,TX (o) (f) Jan Blacklock Matthews Judge City of Wilson P.O. Box 22 Wilson, TX Andy Quittner City Attorney City of Seguin 205 North River Street Seguin, TX (o) (f) Lester Rorick City of Pasadena PO Box 1575 Pasadena, TX (o) (f) Warren Spencer City Prosecutor Forrest Hill 3219 East California Parkway Forest Hill, TX (o) Rebecca Stark Court Director City of Austin PO Box 2135 Austin, TX (o) Ryan Kellus Turner General Counsel & Director of Edcuation TMCEC 2210 Hancock Drive Austin, TX (o) (f) Ted Wood Special Counsel To Trial Courts Office of Court Administration PO Box Austin, TX
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