PDO CLE VIDEOS
Watch past recorded CLE video on our YouTube Channel.
Our legal interns get an inside look into one of America’s largest and most infamous criminal justice systems.
Our office provides comprehensive service to our clients that goes beyond simply litigating their criminal cases.
Our work goes beyond simply representing our clients; we strive to be a positive contributor to the people of Harris County.
About the Office
The Harris County Public Defender’s Office (PDO) was authorized by the Harris County Commissioners Court to represent indigent persons charged in the misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile courts. The office receives its cases by appointments from judges. Persons represented by this office can expect zealous representation from the combined experience of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and other administrative staff.
The Chief Public Defender, Alex Bunin, serves as a county department director who also works with other county departments to coordinate available services for indigent defendants. In particular, the Chief Public Defender will work with the Harris County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority, local law schools, and others to improve criminal defense, mental health treatment, and other services to indigent defendants.
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National Survey of Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones
Essie Justice Group harnesses the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones.
Essie Justice Group is a sisterhood of women* with incarcerated loved ones who support each other. For a long time we’ve noticed a big problem: even though there are millions of us who have loved ones behind bars -- our personal and family experiences have never been collectively gathered. Never!
We are therefore inviting you to answer questions about the ways in which your loved one's incarceration has impacted you.
*Our definition of women is expansive and includes anyone who identifies as a woman, including trans women, gender fluid and gender nonconforming people.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY