Volunteer

Pro Bono Opportunities

Volunteer attorneys can partner with TFDP staff to:

  • research and draft amicus briefs for the Court of Criminal Appeals, the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court on legal issues that impact poor people accused of criminal offenses
  • litigate civil right suits to protect the rights of indigent defendants
  • investigate illegal practices through court observations and case file review
  • conduct policy research

If you are interested in partnering with TFDP, please contact Susanne Pringle.

Legal Interns

TFDP interns perform a variety of important tasks, gaining valuable experience while making a real contribution to improving the Texas criminal justice system. In the past, legal interns have been involved in all aspects of litigation, from writing dispositive motions to discovery practice to client contact. TFDP interns also have conducted policy research and drafted advocacy materials. TFDP accepts intern applications for full-time summer positions, as well as for part-time school-term positions. School-term interns often work via email and phone and do not need to be located in Texas.

If you are interested in legal internship opportunities at TFDP, please contact Susanne Pringle.

Non-legal Interns and Volunteers

Non-legal interns and volunteers at TFDP help answer intake requests, investigate potential cases, document court practices, and assist with administrative tasks. We are happy to work with interns on a credit, work-study, or volunteer basis.

If you are interested in internships or volunteer opportunities at TFDP, please contact Tricia Forbes.