Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee

Created in 1994

Purpose

To study the system of defense of indigent persons in criminal law matters in Texas, collect data and other information relevant to their defense, and to develop recommendations for action by the State Bar of Texas and all related entities that are or should be involved in the provision of quality representation to indigent persons involved in criminal matters.

2020-2021 Projects and Objectives

  • We will continue working on a symposium for the 20th Anniversary of the Fair Defense Act.

  • We will continue to work on a "Best Practices" Pamphlet for prosecutors dealing with indigent defendants.

  • We will be looking at the current issue of courts charging indigent defendants for their court appointed attorney fees.

  • We will also consider training opportunities regarding ability to pay inquiries and court cost issues.

Staff Contact

Briana Stone
Staff Attorney
(512) 427-1857

Legal Access Division
(512) 427-1855
probono@texasbar.com

For information about low-income legal services providers in Texas, please visit www.TexasLawHelp.org or call the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) at (800) 252-9690.

2021-2022 Committee Members

 

Name Company City

Jani Maselli Wood (CHAIR)

Harris County Public Defender's Office

Houston

Andrea Marsh (VICE CHAIR)

The University of Texas School of Law

Austin

Elsa R. Alcala

Elsa Alcala Law

Fort Collins

Ann Y. Collins

City Of Fort Worth Municipal Court

Fort Worth

Anne Hawley

Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Fort Worth

James D. Bethke

Justice Administration Department

Houston

Andrew Dornburg

The Law Office of Amy L. Mitchell

Houston

Birdie D.M. Jones

Lisa Chastain & Associates,       Staff Counsel for Allstate Insurance

Belton

Fredericka Sargent

 

Austin

Ronald Yeates

Ronnie Yeates PLLC

Magnolia

Porscha Brown

 

Houston

Abner Burnett

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Edinburg

Jessica Canter

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid - Lavaca County Public Defender

Seguin

Jaime Escuder III

The Escuder Law Office

Alpine

Sean Hightower

James & Hightower, Attorneys at Law

Nacogdoches

Tanisa L. Jeffers

Bernard & Associates

Austin

Amanda Marzullo

 

Austin

Tolu Nelms

 

Houston

Preston Ehlers

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Austin

 

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