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Texas DA & Public Defender Sites - Large Counties Print Page

Texas Public Defenders


Harris County Public Defender -

Information on locations and contact information for public defenders programs in Texas – provided by Texas Courts Online

 Indigent defense material - from Texas Indigent Defense Commission



    Links to Texas District Attorneys' Web Sites, continued

    Galveston - Jack Roady, Galveston County District Attorney - Link to Job Openings -

    Harris - Devon Anderson, Harris County District Attorney - Link to Job Openings

    Hidalgo - René Guerra, Hidalgo County District Attorney  - Link to Job Openings -

    Jefferson - Tom Manness, Jefferson County District Attorney 

    Lubbock - Matthew Powell, Lubbock County District Attorney

    McClennan - Abelino “Abel” Reyna, McClennan County District Attorney Link to Job Openings

    Montgomery -Brett Ligon, Montgomery County District Attorney - Link to Job Openings

    Nueces - Mark Skurka, Nueces County District Attorney 

    Tarrant - Joe Shannon – Tarrant County District Attorney

    Travis - Rosemary Lehmburg, Travis County District Attorney -  - Links to Job Openings

    Smith - Matt Bingham, Smith County District Attorney

    Webb - Isidro Alaniz, District Attorney for Webb and Zapata Counties

    Willliamson - Jana Duty, Williamson County District Attorney



    Federal and State Criminal Law Jobs

    Federal Criminal Law Careers

    Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice - - this site has information on employment with the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice

    Office of Inspector General, United States Department of Inspector General -

    Texas Career Resources

    Texas Court of Criminal Texas’ highest appellate court for criminal appeals 

    Careers -

    Texas Workforce Commission job search -

    Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of Legal Services, Environmental Crimes Unit

    State Bar of Texas CLE access for Texas law students: Go to the MCLE department and subscribe to the online library Click on new users and then click on “ not a member of the state bar” indicate in discounts that you are a student at an ABA accredited Texas law school.

    State Bar of Texas Law Student Division -

    has resources for law students and new law graduates. See

    Jeffery T. Walker, Ronald G. Burns, Jeffrey Bumgarner and Michele P. Bratina, Federal Law Enforcement Careers: Laying the Groundwork, 19 Criminal Justice Education 110 (2008) (available on the Heinonline database) This article is valuable because it details the reach of law enforcement careers in the federal government.  While it does not concentrate on attorney positions in this job market, beginning one’s career in an allied position could be the ticket to an attorney’s position.

    Law Student Internships

    United States Department of Justice Internships -

    Law Student -



      Other Resources

      Texas Penal Code

      Go to and use search box with drop down boxes for specific codes and sections

      Index to Sections Affected in 83 Regular Session (2013) of the Texas Legislature – Texas Penal Code changes

      Research Guide, Texas Legislative History – ( Before you interview learn how to perform a legislative history search)

      Texas Legislative Council – use search box, search penal code to find resources such as Comparisons of Punishments and Sentencing in the 1993 and 2003 Penal Codes (Texas Legislative Council 2005).


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