Capital Area Private Defender Service

Become a Mentee


The mentorship program will begin with a week long intensive training between February 25, 2019 - March 1, 2019.  if accepted, you must attend this training.


  • This application should be completed by attorneys not on the CAPDS panel and who do not meet the minimum qualifications for the misdemeanor panel or CAPDS panel attorneys who do not meet the minimum qualifications for the felony B panel.
  • The CAPDS application process utilizes an online application hosted by Google.  This is the only method to apply.  If you have any problems using this form or viewing this website please contact us at help@capds.org.
  • If you close your browser during the application process all work will be lost.
  • The information required to complete the application for non-CAPDS panel members is extensive. We strongly recommend you download the application worksheet here before beginning.
  • If you are currently on the CAPDS panel, you must complete your retention application and an application to be part of the mentorship program.

CAPDS Misdemeanor Mentorship Program


We will accept a limited number of applicants who:

  • Are licensed to practice law in the State of Texas
  • Demonstrate a commitment to indigent defense


Applicants admitted to the program will:

  • Attend a week-long training February 25th to March 1st
  • Receive six months of supervision by a CAPDS mentor
  • Meet monthly with the mentorship group
  • Receive a scholarship to a trial training
  • Receive misdemeanor assignments during the program
  • After successful completion of the program, be placed on the misdemeanor panels. (Misdemeanor attorneys are paid a flat fee per case and hourly for work done bonding clients out of jail.)
  • Have access to investigators, experts, second-chair assistance, legal research, motion bank

You may apply to the misdemeanor mentorship program here.


CAPDS Felony Mentorship Program


This year the CAPDS felony mentoring program will offer attorneys the ability to join our Felony C and B panels.  We are pleased to announce a new mentoring program designed for attorneys who wish to take on the challenge of representing people charged with felonies, but who may not meet the minimum qualifications for the B Panel (at least one felony jury trial).  

Applicants admitted to the program will:

  • Attend a week-long training February 25th to March 1st
  • Receive 1 year of supervision by a CAPDS mentor
  • Meet weekly with the mentorship group
  • Receive a scholarship to a trial training
  • Receive felony assignments during the program
  • After successful completion of the program, be placed on the felony panels.
  • Have access to investigators, experts, second-chair assistance, legal research, motion bank.


Some key things you should know:

  • Attend a week-long training February 25th to March 1st
  • The Felony Panel program will be for one years, however, attorneys will be encouraged to start taking appointments after completing training in March.
  • We encourage Spanish speakers and attorneys interested in representing people with a mental health diagnosis to apply.


If you are interested in applying, please apply for the felony mentorship here.

If you are currently on the CAPDS panel, you must complete your retention application and an application to be part of the mentoring program.