Historically the American Bar Association has recommended a Maximum of 150 felony appointments per lawyer per year. That’s a lot of felonies for 1 lawyer.
Harris County Judges continue to ignore the ABA standard. In Harris County, there is apparently no standard. Moving the docket is still the number one priority in many courts. In order to move the docket, the courts need lawyers who are willing to move cases. Some move cases faster than others.
So long as moving the docket is the priority, Justice and those caught up in the system will suffer. Shame on Harris County.
Robb Fickman, Houston
State-wide Attorney Caseload Report
HARRIS COUNTY COURT APPOINTED COUNSEL & CASE LOADS (FY 2014)
Gerard W. Guerinot-553 felonies
John A. Clark -553 felonies
Hattie Sewell Shannon-499 felonies,1 capital
Jeanie L. Dickey-441 felonies, 528 misdemeanors
Ricardo N. Gonzalez-428 felonies
Kerry H. McCracken-424 felonies
Eileen M. Guerinot-398 felonies
David Lawrence Garza- 367 felonies
Kenneth E. McCoy-361 felonies
Robert R. Scott-353 felonies,5 capital murders
Jacqueline M. Gifford- 347 felonies