Texas Association of
School Resource Officers 

2018 School Safety Presenters

Dr. Bernard James, JD

Bernie James, a professor at Pepperdine University and contributing editor to the NASRO Journal of School Safety who specializes in civil rights, constitutional law, and education law, and is author of the textbook “Education Policy and the Law: Cases and Commentary.”

Detective Rudy Perez

Rudy Perez is a Detective with the Los Angeles Unified School District and a favorite among past conference attendees.

Phil Chalmers

Phil Chalmers is a true crime writer, law enforcement trainer, youth culture specialist, and a television personality. He is the author of several books, including “Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer” and “True Lies.” He has been researching homicide and interviewing offenders for 30 years, and he has interviewed over 200 killers face to face, including teen killers, school shooters, mass murderers and serial killers.

Kirsta Melton

Kirsta Melton is the Deputy Criminal  Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section  of the Office of the Texas Attorney General. From 2000-2014, she  prosecuted in the Bexar County District Attorney's Office, combating human trafficking and abuse of children and family violence, and in 2012 helped establish and lead the Bexar County DA's Human Trafficking Unit. Melton also chaired the Alamo Area Coalition against Trafficking. She has trained more than 15,000 people across the state on human trafficking and has testified on multiple occasions before the TX legislature on trafficking-related issues.

Mark Yarbrough

Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.”  The unhappiness and detachment burnout causes can threaten your job, your relationships, and your health.  But there’s good news -- burnout can be healed.  Former 20-year elected District Attorney, Mark Yarbrough, from Littlefield, Texas (hometown of Waylon Jennings), personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!”  He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject.  Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof. 

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