Future Indigent Defense Leaders Mentoring Program



FIDL is a selective program

that aims to create the next generation of highly skilled, client-centered Texas attorneys to represent persons who cannot afford counsel.  This partnership between the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC), the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA), and the Harris County Public Defender’s Office (HCPDO) offers unparalleled indigent defense training, mentoring, and leadership opportunities. Selected through a competitive process, FIDL mentees become part of an exclusive statewide team dedicated to zealous representation.

If you're interested in learning more about the program, check out the program materials below. You'll find the curriculum used by participants, as well the program guidelines developed for the program. These two documents contain all the material you need to learn more about FIDL. 

FIDL is limited statewide to 25 mentors and 25 mentees.

Applications are open for the second class 

Request for Mentor and Mentee Applications

The official application period has been extended. 

Mentor Application & Details | Mentee Application & Details

Returning Mentor Application

If you're interested in opportunities in the future, please submit your contact information here. 

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Program Materials

Program Manual

FIDL Manual

Read this manual to learn about the program requirements:

For a fillable PDF of the FIDL Checklist, click here

Program Guidelines 

FIDL Performance Guidelines

Mentors and mentees refer to these guidelines for indigent defense representation.

 For more information, contact Kathleen Casey-Gamez at kcasey@tidc.texas.gov.