2005 – The State Capital Habeas Project was created in 2005, which lead to the creation of the state Office of Capital Writs (now the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs), funded by the legislature in 2009.
2006 - Created the Texas-specific version of the American Bar Association's Guidelines for Counsel in Capital Cases, adopted by the State Bar Board of Directors. These are tools available to assist attorneys appointed to represent indigent Texans in death-penalty matters. The guidelines were published in the Texas Bar Journal in November 2006 and distributed to attorneys and judges working in this area of law.
2011 – Developed the Guidelines for Counsel in Non-Capital Cases, which were modeled after similar guidelines compiled by the American Bar Association. These guidelines emphasize law unique to Texas, in addition to an addendum on mental health.
2015 – The State Bar Board adopted Supplementary Guidelines and Standards for the Mitigation Function of Defense Teams in Texas Capital Cases to provide guidance to judges and defense counsel on selecting, funding, and working with mitigation specialists in death penalty cases.
2017 – The State Bar Board adopted the Performance Guidelines for Juvenile Representation in Delinquency Proceedings. These guidelines seek to promote professionalism and to encourage attorneys who represent juveniles in delinquency proceedings to perform to a high standard of representation.
2018 – The committee surveyed newly licensed attorneys to understand the need and benefits of a mentorship program for new attorneys in dealing with criminal cases. The results are available in the Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Mentoring Report.