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Friday, November 2 • 8:30am - 10:00am
The State of Texas Indigent Defense

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With a patchwork of defense across its 254 counties, Texas is both leading and lagging behind in the fight to provide consistent quality legal representation. This panel pulls together some of the leading lights of Texas indigent defense, including a 183-county capital defender office, one of America's most rural defender offices, a mental-health-focused managed assigned counsel system, and a civil-legal-aid/defender hybrid.

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Robert Doggett

Executive Director, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Inc
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Alyse Ferguson

Chief Attorney, Collin County MHMC
Alyse Ferguson is the Chief Attorney of the Collin County Mental Health Managed Counsel Program (MHMC.) She is responsible for managing the specially trained attorneys, who represent indigent defendants diagnosed with mental illness. She is a graduate of Angelo State University with... Read More →

Ray Keith

Chief Defender, Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases

James McDermott

Chief Defender, Far West Texas Public Defender

Wesley Shackelford

Deputy Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
I am interested in the courts, criminal justice, politics, and public policy.

Friday November 2, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Post Oak Westin Galleria, 3rd Level