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Deputy Director

Wesley Shackelford

Wesley Shackelford serves as Deputy Director to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. He develops standards and policies for the provision of indigent defense services and acts as team lead on fiscal and policy monitoring programs. Wesley also provides legal advice on the issue to judges, counties, and the Commission. He also speaks about indigent defense issues to stakeholders and policy makers. He has been with the Commission since 2002. Wesley previously served as Senior Staff Attorney for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (TJPC) from 1995-2002. He was the intergovernmental relations' specialist for TJPC and provided information to legislators and other state agencies. Wesley also responded to inquiries on juvenile justice law from judges, probation officers, and prosecutors, as well as, speaking regularly on juvenile law and progressive sanctions. Prior to TJPC, Wesley was employed as a research associate at the Senate research Center, research associate and messenger at the Texas Legislative Council, and research assistant at the International Financial Law Review in London. Wesley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government in 1990. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1994 from the University of Texas School of Law and was licensed to practice law in 1994. He is a member of the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

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