The Gavel Series – Aug 3rd, 2013

The Gavel Series: Community Based Legal Education


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Class Schedule

County Government 101

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The history of our State and County Government as well as the authority to govern will be covered in this class. County government offices and the distinct functions of each will be one of the primary focuses of the class. Once you complete this class, you will understand the structure of County Government; who your County officials are; how each office functions; and what office to contact for services you may require.

Instructor - Elton Mathis; District / County Attorney for Waller County is currently serving his second term as Waller County Criminal District Attorney. He graduated from Hempstead High School as salutatorian and was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to attend Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. While at Howard Payne, Elton pursued a double major in Political Science and the Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom Honors Program. Elton graduated magna cum laude from Howard Payne in 1997 and was awarded the free enterprise award, the political science award, and was named the top graduate of the honors program. Thereafter, Elton received a scholarship to attend Baylor University School of Law where he made the Dean’s List and distinguished himself as the top law student intern at the McLennan County D.A.’s office. He has taken great pride in creating a professional and inclusive D.A.’s office that seeks to do justice and prepare his rural home county for the future.

Real Estate Law

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This class will cover Home Equity Lending in Texas, its history and the changing interpretations including the recent Norwood decision along with lender and title insurance consideration. Home equity loans, equity lines of credit, and reverse mortgages will be included in the discussion. If you’ve been considering any of these options, you don’t want to miss this class.

Instructor - Timothy J. Redding; Vice President, Underwriting Counsel; First National Title- has a Juris Doctorate degree from Bates College of Law, University of Houston and has thirty-four (34) plus years of experience in the title insurance business. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles and books on Real Estate law, Tax liens and Title Insurance. Tim has taught Real Estate Law classes at St. Mary’s University School of Law as well as continuing legal education classes for the State Bar of Texas and numerous title companies throughout the state for years. His awards and appointments include having been appointed Title Person of the Year by Texas Land Title Association, appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Home Equity Rules Committee, 2010-2011 and a member of the Board of Directors – Texas Land Title Association Political Action Committee, 1993 – present.

Juvenile Law: Search & Seizure

11:00 AM – Noon

This class will focus on Juvenile searches generally which will include administrative, plain view, random drug testing, stop and frisk searches. Consent searches involving school searches (locker, strip, report of student) and search warrants will be covered. Individuals attending this class will learn basic search and seizure law as well as the protections our constitution provides.

Instructor –Jeanice Dawes; Family Law Section, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). While in law school, she was a member of the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, and the UHLC Mock Trial Team. She has worked for General Electric Company as a member of the Financial Management program and as the Senior Financial Accountant for Imperial Homes Texas, Ltd. Ms. Dawes has been a presenter at conferences sponsored by the Center for Children, Law & Policy; University of Houston Law Center and the Juvenile Law Institute sponsored by the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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