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Local criminal defense attorney, Kathleen Hodge Cameron was recently awarded the Future Indigent Defense Leaders Project Scholarship in Criminal Defense. She was selected to be a part of this innovative program. Selected through a competitive process, FIDL Project members become part of an exclusive statewide team dedicated to real-world positive change.

Cameron is a graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law and is licensed to practice in Texas. She is a lifelong Navarro County resident and practices criminal defense here in Navarro County at Keathley & Keathley Law Firm.

The three years of support included in the program provide the skills to become outstanding advocates for indigent people accused of crimes. Project members are guaranteed enrollment in Gideon’s Promise, a nationally renowned teaching institution for indigent defense, led by the “Genius Grant” recipient Jon Rapping.

The Future Indigent Defense Leaders Project is an unique opportunity for new and aspiring criminal defense attorneys to receive the most innovative and comprehensive training in indigent defense.

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Harris County Public Defender’s Office have partnered to launch a selective, three-year indigent defense training, mentoring, and leadership program. The goal is to create the next generation of highly skilled, client-centered attorneys to represent poor people charged with crimes.

As seen on the HBO documentary “Gideon’s Army,” the institute uses cutting-edge techniques to train defense attorneys across the country to challenge and reform systemic injustice within their communities.