NLADA's report, "Indigent Defense Attorney Mentoring in Texas: A Guide to Establishing a Mentoring Program", was prepared for the Texas Indigent Defense Commission and published in 2015. It sets out a model mentoring curriculum and makes suggestions for establishing mentoring programs that are adaptable to any type of indigent defense delivery system, in any state.
The guidance is particularly relevant for assigned counsel systems that lack institutional oversight. In Texas, most attorneys who provide indigent criminal defense services practice on their own, which can make it difficult for them to find the opportunities for mentoring that often exist in public defender offices.
The report and accompanying materials will be useful for indigent defense system administrators, judges, county officials, bar leaders, law school clinical faculty, and others interested in indigent defense mentoring.
Indigent Defense Attorney Mentoring in Texas: A Guide to Establishing a Mentoring Program
Attorney Mentoring Program: Selected Profiles
Mentoring Curriculum Menu Worksheets
Harris County FACT Program
HCCLA Second Chair Program Materials
Comal County Mentoring Manual