MAC stands for Managed Assigned Counsel. The MAC office will primarily function as a reestablishment of the current system for managing court appointments between court appointed (or panel) attorneys. Currently, court appointments for misdemeanor cases—in addition to qualifications for becoming panel attorneys—are determined by the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law judges. The MAC office will therefore exist as an independent entity within Harris County for the purposes of managing court appointments and determining qualifications for becoming panel attorneys. The MAC office will secondarily function as a support system for panel attorneys. Through our office, we plan to have attorneys on staff to assist panel attorneys with case coordination, litigation support, and trial skills progression. Additionally, we plan to have an immigration attorney on staff to assist panel attorneys with clients impacted by such issues; social workers on staff to assist with client needs apart from litigation as well as to provide mitigation assistance; and an investigator on staff to assist with outsourcing investigation to help with case theory development. Our MAC office will also provide internal training support for our panel attorneys.