Summer 2020 Legal Internship

TFDP is currently seeking talented law students to join us as interns next summer. 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. 

If you are interested in legal internship opportunities at TFDP, please contact Emily Gerrick.

Program Coordinator


Texas Fair Defense Project is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to support our organizational and programmatic activities. As an integral part of core staff at a growing nonprofit, the program coordinator will play a significant role in developing and executing strategic vision, as well as have growth potential within the organization. 


The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is organized, resourceful, diligent, and committed to seeing through projects that will benefit the organization and our clients. This position is an opportunity to engage with a staff of passionate, mission-driven lawyers, as well as clients, allies and policymakers.  


Job Responsibilities 

The Program Coordinator, who is based in Austin, Texas and reports to the executive director, is responsible for the following:

  • Building and maintaining office systems for document retention, record keeping, and volunteer, donor and client management

  • Office administration, such as ordering and stocking supplies, scheduling, and processing deposits, reimbursements and payments

  • Office communications, including updating the website, drafting newsletters and posting on social media

  • Supporting policy advocacy, including through assisting drafting fact sheets, reports, and coordinating coalition work

  • Supporting client services, including through intake and client communications, assisting in drafting legal documents and coordinating with pro bono attorneys and other partners



We are seeking candidates who have a “can-do” attitude, enjoy and excel at creating order out of chaos, and are eager to take on new challenges. Prior experience is less important than being extremely organized and attentive to detail.


You should have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to starting and seeing through projects that create effective system processes

  • A track record of maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders

  • An eye for effective social media and other communications

  • A demonstrated interest in social justice


Knowledge of criminal and social justice issues and prior experience are both plusses but not requirements.


Salary commensurate with experience but starts at $42,000 plus medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, sick and family leave.  We encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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