The Children's Commission has developed a number of judicial education trainings to meet Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit required by the State Bar of Texas. Texas judges qualify in receiving MCLE credit at no charge for programs put on by the State Bar of Texas' CLE branch, Texas Bar CLE. For more information on how to receive MCLE credit at no charge, please contact the State Bar of Texas. Found below is a description of current program offerings.  

Child Welfare Judges Conference (CWJC)

Each year, the Children's Commission plans the Child Welfare Judges Conference (CWJC) through the Commission's grant with the Texas Center for the Judiciary. TCJ specializes in judicial education and training opportunities for active, retired, and former Texas appellate, district and county court at law judges, as well as associate judges and court personnel. 

The November 14-16, 2016 CWJC was attended by 80+ judges from across the state and was well received. The Child Protection Court (CPC) Judges also attended a ½ day session on the first day of the conference to discuss issues unique to CPC courts such as Child Protection Case Management System (CPCMS).

The 2017 Child Welfare Judges Conference was held November 13-15, 2017.

Family Justice Conference

In addition to the annual Child Welfare Judges Conference, the Children's Commission sponsors a half-day track at the annual Family Justice Conference hosted by the Texas Center for the Judiciary in January of each year. The 2018 conference will  be held January 22-23 in Bastrop. Please look for announcements from the Texas Center for the Judiciary or through the Children’s Commission’s Jurist in Residence letters.

Past Summits and Conferences:

Beyond the Bench 

Education and Foster Care Summit

Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision-Making

Permanency Summit