Texas Appleseed Mission
Texas Appleseed’s mission is to promote justice for all Texans by using the volunteer skills oflawyersand other professionals to find practical solutions to broad-based problems. Texas Appleseed hasworked on some ofthe state’s most pressing issues. Our work to improve the rights ofpoor people inthe criminal justice system alerted us to the special needs ofdefendants with mental illness and their families. We hope this handbook will help persons with mental illness and their families more easilynavigate the criminal justice system.
Texas Appleseed Team
J. Chrys DoughertyAnnette LoVoiChair EmeritusExecutive Director
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.C.*, Austin
Michael LowenbergChris SiegfriedChairMental Health Consultant**
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP*, Dallas
Joe CrewsDeborah Fowler Secretary-TreasurerSenior StaffAttorney
Crews & Elliott, P.C.*, Austin
Allan Van FleetMaggie WilenskyImmediate Past ChairLegal Fellow
Vinson & Elkins LLP*, Houston
*affiliations listed for identification purposes only**primary author
Texas Appleseed presents the information in this handbook as a service for persons with mental illness and their families. While we have worked to provide accurateand up-to-date information, this handbook is not intended to provide legal advice. Non-lawyers should seek the advice ofa licensed attorney in all legal matters. Texas Appleseed makes no warranties, express or implied, concerning the information in this handbook or other resources to which it cites.Third Edition © 2005 by Texas Appleseed and Texas Tech University School ofLaw. All rights are reserved except as follows: Free copies ofthis handbook may bemade for personal use. Reproduction ofmore than five (5) copies for personal use and reproduction for commercial use are prohibited without the written permission of the copyright owner. The work may be accessed for reproduction pursuant to these restrictions at www.texasappleseed.net.