South Texas College of Law Houston recently received a $1.27 million multi-year gift to launch a Criminal Defense Certification Program to develop a pipeline of well-trained defense attorneys to effectively represent indigent criminal defendants in Houston’s courts. Funded by an anonymous donor, this unique pilot program is the first of its kind in the state and has the potential to significantly impact the criminal defense system in Texas. The program could be replicated by other law schools located near court systems that use court appointments to handle indigent defense work all across Texas, and potentially, the nation.
There is no doubt STCL Houston alumni are trailblazing, leading, and making a difference in the profession and in their communities. Each year, the Alumni Association honors alumni achievements with three awards: Distinguished Alumnus, Young Alumnus, and Public Service. Review criteria and make a nomination by July 1 at my.stcl.edu/AlumniNomination.