James D. Bethke

Executive Director, Texas Indigent Defense Commission
James D. Bethke

James D. Bethke serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission formerly called the Task Force on Indigent Defense. The Commission is charged with implementing a statewide system of standards, financing and other resources for criminal defendants unable to hire attorneys.  He is also an ex-officio member Governor Perry’s Criminal Justice Advisory Council and a member of the Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit.  Nationally, he serves on the Indigent Defense Advisory Group for the ABA Standing Committee for Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and is a member of the National Research & Data Analysis Committee for the National Legal Aid & Defenders Association. He is a past-chair of the Juvenile Law Exam Commission for the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow. He is a U.S. Army veteran from the 101st Airborne Division, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler and the Texas Tech University law school.

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Publications and Multimedia
Public Defenders and Client Choice - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
December 19, 2014