Posted on February 06, 2014 by Deb Freeman
The Harris County Public Defender’s Office has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to establish the Future Appointed Counsel Training Program (FACT) for new lawyers committed to representing indigent defendants in Harris County.
The training includes a 14-day “boot camp” this summer , and two weekend follow-up trainings next year, all provided by Gideon’s Promise. The grant covers expenses for travel, lodging, meals, the 14-day “boot camp,” and the two follow-up trainings in Atlanta. There will also be a two-day training on Harris County courts and Texas law, and a year of mentoring to be provided by top notch criminal defense lawyers, who will be paid for their time. There are three additional weekend trainings in Atlanta in 2016-17. For those, training, lodging, and meals are paid for, but participants will be responsible for travel-related expenses.
For this year’s class, 10 lawyers, licensed for 0-3 years, will be selected. Students who graduate in May 2014 and take the bar this summer are eligible to apply. Applications must be accepted by Monday, March 31, 2014.