This year, Judge Rodney Adams of Irving and Court Administrator Rhonda Kuehn of Brenham were awarded Outstanding Judge and Clerk (respectively) by the Texas Municipal Courts Association (TMCA). These awards are bestowed annually to a municipal judge and clerk who demonstrate excellence in the fair administration of justice. The presentation ceremony took place at the Annual TMCA Convention in San Antonio on June 10th.
Judge Adams, given the Outstanding Judge Award, has served as Presiding Judge of the Irving Municipal Court since 2010. He previously served as a municipal prosecutor and adjunct professor of Criminology at the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining the judiciary, Judge Adams worked in public administration for 11 years at the municipal and federal levels with the Cities of Austin, Fort Worth, and San Antonio, and the United States Commission on Civil Rights. As a municipal judge, he has been active in proposing legislation to improve the administration of justice in Texas municipal courts. Judge Adams has been an active supporter of the Texas Municipal Traffic Safety Initiatives sponsored by the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC) and the Texas Department of Transportation. The Irving Municipal Court has been recognized for the past nine years for their outstanding work in saving lives under his leadership. Judge Adams has also served on the TMCEC faculty teaching a webinar on alcohol awareness. Judge Adams is very committed to his work and profession but still finds time to be active in his community and church.
Brenham Court Administrator Rhonda Kuehn was presented with the Outstanding Clerk Award. Rhonda serves as the President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Court Clerks Association (TCCA). She currently co-chairs the TCCA Certification and Education Committee and sits as a member on the TMCA Education Committee. She has served on the TCCA Board as well as many of its committees. Under Rhonda’s initiative, TMCEC and TCCA partnered to bring the local clerk clinics to smaller towns in FY16. The local clerk program will continue in FY17. Rhonda also represents TCCA on the Texas Municipal League Board of Directors. Rhonda has given countless hours of her time and service to her profession through her association work, as well as teaching for TMCEC, TCCA, and local chapters of TCCA. Participants value her extensive knowledge of municipal law and procedures, command of the details involved, common sense, practical application of the law, and fun sense of humor that characterize her classes.
TMCA was established over 40 years ago and consists of over 1,000 members dedicated to the fair and impartial administration of justice. Through grant funds appropriated by the Legislature and currently provided by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the TMCA formed an Education Center in 1983, now known as TMCEC, to provide professional education programs for municipal judges and court personnel. Today, TMCEC sponsors more than 40 events annually and provides professional education to more than 5,000 persons. It is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States.