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Indigent Defense Awards

The State Bar’s Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee is seeking nominations for the Indigent Defense Awards. These awards recognize deserving individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of indigent defense. Nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2020. Recipients of the Indigent Defense Awards will be notified in May. These awards will be presented in June at the State Bar Annual Meeting. To see a list of previous award winners, click here.

WARREN BURNETT AWARD [PDF]
Named for the late legendary Texas Attorney Warren Burnett, the award recognizes extraordinary contributions to improving the quality of criminal legal representation to indigent Texans. The award honors either an individual or organization for their work in the courtroom, legislature, or in the public sphere.

MICHAEL K. MOORE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH OR WRITING IN THE AREA OF INDIGENT CRIMINAL DEFENSE [PDF]
This award is named after Doctor Michael K. Moore for his pivotal role in several research and writing efforts that had a major effect on indigent defense in Texas. The award will be presented to an individual (including both private citizens and members of the Bar) or organization in recognition of exceptional research or writing that deals with indigent criminal defense and that represents a significant contribution to the knowledge and practices of the bench, bar, and scholarly communities.

Each attorney nominee must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

Please send your nomination packet to:

probono@texasbar.com

Or via mail to:
Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters Committee
c/o Legal Access Division
State Bar of Texas
1414 Colorado, 4th Floor
Austin TX 78701-1627

For more information about these awards, contact the Legal Access Division at probono@texasbar.com or 800-204-2222, ext. 1855.

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