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TIDC funds, oversees, and improves Texas public defense. Here is some of the work we do:

  • Planning and funding new public defender and managed assigned counsel offices.
  • Funding public defense in all 254 Texas counties.
  • Funding 6 innocence projects.
  • Monitoring compliance with state laws and TIDC rules.
  • Collecting and sharing public defense data.
  • Drafting and testifying on public defense legislation.
  • Hosting trainings, conferences, and webinars.
  • Drafting and disseminating public defense publications.
  • Working with lawyers, judges, counties, state agencies, and national organizations to shape the future of Texas public defense.

Last year, TIDC awarded over $39 million in public defense funding, prepared ten planning studies for new public defender offices in 25 counties, visited 32 counties to monitor and improve public defense, trained over 2,400 people, and approved ten legislative proposals for improving indigent defense.


Protecting the right to counsel, improving public defense.


Excellent representation for all.

Open Positions

The TIDC Executive Director leads a team of nearly 20 public defense professionals in funding, overseeing, and improving Texas public defense. The Director performs highly advanced (senior level) managerial work, providing direction and guidance in strategic operations and planning for TIDC. Daily work varies widely and may include budget discussions, grant application review, policy monitoring review, fiscal monitoring review, publications, communications planning, legislative affairs, data collection, public defender or managed assigned counsel system office planning, strategic planning, staff supervision and coaching, policy development, board meeting planning, and more. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

If you are interested, please click Here to view and apply for the position.

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