MAC stands for Managed Assigned Counsel. The MAC office primarily functions as a re-establishment of the previous court system for managing appointments of qualified attorneys to represent indigent clients accused of crimes. Prior to the creation of the MAC office, appointments for misdemeanor cases—in addition to qualifications for attorneys receiving said appointments—were determined by the Harris County Criminal Courts at Law judges. The MAC office was thereafter created to serve as an independent entity within Harris County for assuming this duty within the criminal justice system. The MAC office secondarily functions as a support system for MAC-appointed attorneys (referred to as court-appointed attorneys under the previous regime). Through our office, we have (resource) attorneys on staff to assist MAC-appointed attorneys with case coordination, client resources, litigation support, and skill development. Additionally, we have an immigration attorney on staff to assist MAC-appointed 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.