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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.

2019-2020 Projects and Objectives

  • Define what the committee can do; develop a plan for the committee

  • Create materials for district attorneys who deal with indigent defendants

  • Create a report on the next challenges of the Fair Defense Act for its 20 year anniversary

  • Host a law school symposium

  • Invite a guest speaker to give a field report at every meeting

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.

2019-2020 Committee Members

District Map

Name Company City

Jani Maselli Wood (CHAIR)

Harris County Public Defender's Office

Houston

Andrea Michele Marsh (VICE CHAIR)

The University of Texas School of Law

Austin

Elsa R. Alcala

Elsa Alcala Law

Cypress

Jay Brandon

Bexar County District Attorney

San Antonio

Abner Burnett

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

Edinburg

Jessica Canter

Lavaca County Public Defender

Seguin

Ann Collins

City Of Fort Worth Municipal Court

Fort Worth

Preston Ehlers

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Austin

Martie Garcia

Law Office of Martie Garcia Vela, PC

Garciasville

Victoria Guerra

Law Office of Victoria Guerra

McAllen

Julia Catherine Hatcher

 

Galveston

Anne Hawley

Assistant Criminal District Attorney, Tarrant County

Fort Worth

Federico S. Hernandez

 

Del Rio

Tanisa L. Jeffers

Bernard & Associates

Austin

Thomas G. Keyser

Law Offices of Thomas G. Keyser

San Antonio

Amanda Marzullo

 

Austin

Susanne Pringle

 

Austin

Fredericka Searle Sargent

 

Austin

Melissa Severtson

Criminal District Attorney's Office

San Antonio

Kimberly Williams

 

Austin

Cara Cordell Wood

 

Conroe

Karla Garcia (Advisory)

South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR)

McAllen

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