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Application for Admission to Corpus Christi Division CJA Panel



Application Deadline: December 15, 2020
Electronic Submission Required

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas has adopted a Criminal Justice Act Plan entitled: Corpus Christi Division CJA Plan. Under this Plan, the Court will establish a panel in the Corpus Christi Division of approximately 100 attorneys, who are eligible and willing to be appointed under the Criminal Justice Act to provide representation to defendants who cannot afford counsel.

All attorneys seeking CJA appointments in Corpus Christi must submit an application and be approved for CJA appointments, regardless of previous service. Attorneys who are currently on the CJA training panel must also submit an application for membership on the 2021 panel. While previous membership on the CJA panel may be considered, it is not a guarantee of future membership. To facilitate the transition, however, attorneys currently on the Panel will continue to receive appointments until January 1, 2021, or until the new Panel is appointed. The Panel Selection Committee will meet to consider applications in early January 2021. Please submit your application on or before December 15, 2020, if you wish to receive appointments after January 1, 2021. Applications submitted after December 15th will be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Panel Selection Committee.

Attorneys who serve on the CJA Panel must be members in good standing of the Southern District of Texas, and have demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of federal practice and procedure. We are looking for attorneys with a commitment to representing individuals who are unable to afford adequate representation in the defense of federal criminal cases both at trial and on appeal.

Rates of compensation for panel attorneys in federal criminal cases are currently set at $152 per hour for non-capital cases, and $195 per hour for capital cases. All rates are subject to case compensation maximums.  

CJA Rates

Online Application

Instructions for Completing Application

Application for membership MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY. Hard copies of the application will not be accepted. A link to the application is available on the website for the Southern District of Texas, If you have difficulty accessing or completing the application, please contact Amanda Otto or Sylvia Lopez with the Clerk’s Office for the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, by phone at (361)888-3142, or by e-mail: or If you have questions about the application or selection process, you may contact any of the following committee members:

If you have questions about the application or selection process, you may contact any of the following committee members:

1. Magistrate Judge Jason B. Libby, (361)888-3550
2. Magistrate Judge Julie K. Hampton, (361)888-3291
3. Attorney Alfred Montelongo, (361)855-4300
4. Assistant Federal Public Defender Lila Garza, (361)888-3532
5. Attorney Liana E. Gonzales, (361)887-9900
6. Attorney Joseph Ronald Barroso, (361)994-7200