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Texas Indigent Defense Commission

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15 Members

General Information

209 W. 14th St., Suite 202Austin, TX 78701


Office Office Holder Represents / Term Ends
Chair The Honorable Sharon Keller Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals
Ex Officio Member(s) Sen. Brandon Creighton State Senator
The Honorable Nathan L. Hecht Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Rep. Joe Moody State Representative
The Honorable Sherry Radack Chief Justice, First Court of Appeals (Retired)
Rep. Reggie Smith State Representative
The Honorable Vivian Torres Judge, Medina County Court at Law (Retired)
Vacant State Senator, --
Governor's Appointment(s) James "Jim" Bethke Director of a Managed Assigned Counsel Program, 02-01-2026
Mr. Alex Bunin Houston, Chief Public Defender, Harris County Public Defender Office, 02-01-2025
Mr. Jay Cohen Houston, Attorney, Blass Law PPLC, 02-01-2025
The Honorable Valerie Covey Williamson County Commissioner Precinct 3, 02-01-2028
The Honorable Richard A. Evans Bandera County Judge, 02-01-2026
The Honorable Missy Medary State District Judge, Nueces County, 02-01-2026
J.R. Woolley Justice of the Peace, 02-01-2025


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Scott Ehlers (512) 936-6994
Deputy Director Wesley Shackelford (512) 936-6997
Director of Grant Funding Edwin Colfax (512) 463-2508
Director of Public Defense Improvement William Cox (512) 463-2573
Office Coordinator Megan Bradburry (512) 936-6994


The 77th Texas Legislature, through the passage of the Fair Defense Act, established the blueprint for
meaningful interaction between State and local government through the creation of the first state body to
administer statewide appropriations and policies. In exchange for State fiscal assistance, the local judiciary
is required to report its plan for delivering indigent defense services. The Commission publishes these local
plans on its website for all to view. The law also requires local county auditors to annually report county
expenditures pertaining to criminal indigent defense services. The county expenditure reports are also
published on the Commission website.
Renamed the Texas Indigent Defense Commission effective September 1, 2011.