Tag Archives: indigent defense

Court order allows out-of-state attorneys to provide limited indigent defense in Texas

The Texas Supreme Court issued a unanimous order Friday permitting out-of-state lawyers to provide legal services to indigent defendants arrested for certain misdemeanor offenses. The emergency order, Misc. Docket No. 22-9007, allows attorneys authorized to practice law in another U.S. jurisdiction to provide services as an employee of a public defender office or through a … Continue Reading

State Bar committees seek award nominations

The State Bar’s Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters and Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters committees seek nominations for the Pro Bono Excellence and Indigent Defense awards. Recipients should be deserving individuals, groups, and entities that perform exceptional work in the field of legal services to the poor. Nominations are … Continue Reading

Chief Justice Hecht, Texas legal aid leaders honored by National Legal Aid & Defender Association

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association, or NLADA, honored and featured several notable Texans at its annual conference at the Westin Galleria in Houston in November. The event celebrates, advocates for, and educates on access to justice, bringing together legal aid and indigent defense lawyers from across the U.S.… Continue Reading

A Texas criminal defense legend on fighting for the underdog

E.G. “Gerry” Morris is a longtime Austin criminal defense attorney most well known for representing a Branch Davidian member and winning his acquittal on all counts. This July, Morris was inducted as the president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He recently spoke with the Texas Bar Journal about his career, the criminal … Continue Reading