Austin Criminal
Defense Lawyers Association

Travis County utilizes a managed assigned counsel program for attorneys interested in representing adults accused of misdemeanors or felonies in Travis County. Travis County has selected the Capital Area Private Defender Service ("CAPDS") to establish meaningful standards for quality representation, ensure appointed counsel exceeds these standards, oversee the work of appointed counsel and provide educational and mentoring services to support those appointed to represent indigent clients. CAPDS will solicit applications during open enrollment periods but may also add attorneys as need dictates. Interested attorneys should review the standards for participation and consider applying. Please contact CAPDS at (512) 774-4208 with questions.

For attorneys who may not meet the requirements for panels, CAPDS offers a mentoring program.  Those interested in being either mentors or mentees may apply for these programs.

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