The Mentorship Program is looking for applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense and client-centered representation. We encourage newly barred attorneys to apply as well as attorneys who are new to criminal defense. For the Mentorship Program which will begin February 28, 2022, we anticipate selecting up to 6 attorneys. We hope to increase the numbers as our capacity grows.
While applicants do not have to meet the experience qualifications for the MAC Misdemeanor List, applicants must:
- Be eligible to practice law in Texas and maintain good standing with the State Bar of Texas;
- Not have been employed by a prosecuting agency for the preceding 90 days from the beginning of the orientation;
- Maintain a telephone number and a private meeting space so the attorney can conduct confidential meetings and discussions with clients;
- Maintain an email address to which the MAC Office may send official communication;
- Maintain a physical address for official communication from the MAC Office;
- Agree to the expectations and duties outlined in this document and the agreement between the attorney and the MAC Office; and
- Agree to the training and meeting requirements of the Mentorship Program.