In order to be eligible for our quick start program, an attorney must qualify for a felony panel, be experienced with defense practice in Travis County, and be available to accept assignments prior to orientation. Early decisions will be given on a rolling basis during the application period. The sooner an application is complete, the sooner we can inform attorneys of their status. The quick start option is also available to former panel attorneys wishing to return to the panel. The quick start option will be offered based on the number of available quick start spots and the applications received. Those attorneys qualifying for a mental health panel or Spanish speakers may be given priority.
Attorneys approved for the quick start option will receive a personalized orientation before accepting any assignments and attend portions of the general orientation in February. Orientation will include virtual and in-person components.
All attorneys new to CAPDS, not accepted for quick start, must attend the week-long CAPDS orientation. The orientation will be the week of February 5th. Our 2024 orientation will take place in person. If accepted to the CAPDS panel, you must attend all sessions to begin accepting assignments.
You should carefully review the panel standards to determine which level you qualify to apply to. Applicants must meet all requirements to apply for the CAPDS panel.