Hedwig Village, Texas Judge Selected for National Judicial College Criminal Justice Pilot Program
HOUSTON, September 2, 2016 — Associate Municipal Court Judge Timothy Kirwin, City of Hedwig Village, Texas, was selected by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC) to attend The National Judicial College’s Advanced Concepts in Criminal Justice pilot educational program taking place in Phoenix, Arizona in December 2016.
Mr. Kirwin also practices law as a senior attorney at the Randle Law Office in Houston. In addition, he serves on the faculty of TMCEC and teaches other judges throughout the state.
TMCEC’s mission is to provide high quality judicial education, technical assistance, and the necessary resource material to assist municipal judges, court support personnel, and prosecutors in obtaining and maintaining professional competence.
TMCEC invited two municipal court judges in Texas to attend the pilot educational program, which is being funded by the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. According to The National Judicial College, the program initiates a “brand-new curriculum and provides judges with tools to weave the concepts into their work on the bench. The five concepts are judicial independence, adolescent brain development, implicit bias, forensic evidence, and risk/needs assessments.”
Kirwin said, “it is an honor (no pun intended) to be invited by TMCEC to participate in The National Judicial College’s pilot education program. There are over 1,200 municipal court judges in Texas. By attending this new curriculum program, I hope to, quite simply, be the best judge I can be for the community that I serve while imparting new ideas and concepts to both the other judges that I work with at the City of Hedwig Village as well as all municipal court judges in Texas.”
Judge Gary Maddox, Presiding Judge at Hedwig Village said, “Judge Kirwin will no doubt represent Texas well by his participation in this program. I look forward to his post attendance report which I know will better the judiciary of Texas.”
Founded in 1963, The National Judicial College is the nation’s leading provider of judicial education. Its mission is education, innovation, and advancing justice.