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The Future Indigent Defense Leaders (FIDL) program aims to create the next generation of Texas public defense leaders. TIDC has partnered with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Public Defender’s Office to create an unparalleled public defense training, mentoring, and leadership program.

FIDL mentees are paired with a seasoned defense attorneys, who serves as their mentor. Mentees are jointly accepted into the Gideon's Promise Core 101 Program, where they learn directly from MacArthur Genius Award winner Jonathan Rapping. They also receive TCDLA membership, training, and benefits. At the end of their mentorship, mentees are prepared to communicate, litigate, and lead the public defense bar for years to come.

Acceptance into the program is competitive.

FIDL Program Not Accepting Applications

The FIDL Program is not currently accepting applications for mentees or mentors. Interested? Fill out this interest form to be notified when applications open. 

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