A Guide to Establishing a Mentoring Program
In the summer of 2015, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) sought expert assistance to develop a report on mentoring programs for providers of indigent defense services in Texas. After a competitive request for proposals process, TIDC selected the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) to produce a report for use in Texas to improve the qualifications and professional preparedness of indigent defense attorneys. NLADA undertook this project in partnership with Andrea Marsh, Lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law.
This report will be useful for indigent defense system administrators, judges, county officials, bar leaders, law school criminal clinic faculty, and others interested in indigent defense attorney mentoring. The report provides information about already-existing mentoring programs in Texas, as well as sketches of programs used in various states across the country. Materials to develop a local mentoring program curriculum are also included in the report.
This report seeks to contribute to the steady improvement of the quality of indigent defenseservices in Texas that began with passage of the Fair Defense Act in 2001.