The Foundation provides key financial support to TDCAA in the following areas:

Prosecutor Management Institute (PMI)

The first (and only) leadership training
of its kind.

The Texas Prosecutor Management Institute (PMI) continues to offer its bedrock module, Fundamentals of Management. This 2 1⁄2-day course is designed to give prosecutors the personal insight and tools they need to successfully lead their teams. The concepts we cover translate to all prosecutors, whether they are running their first court, overseeing a cadre of attorneys and administrative personnel, or even operating as a solo elected prosecutor with responsibility for an entire county’s caseload.

To date, the course has been delivered to more than 100 supervisor-level prosecutors. Other counties are currently scheduled, and even more offices have expressed a desire to attend the course. As we develop additional facilitators, expect more and more counties across the state to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind training. (Literally. No other state offers such a course.)

We remain committed to future course development, and future modules are in the works. With the solid base provided in the Fundamentals course, prosecutors will be able to attend courses that offer more advanced managerial skills and concepts tailored to their individual responsibilities.

Jalayne Robinson, LMSW, TDCAA's Victim Services Director

Victim Services

funding for an on-staff victim services director

The Foundation helps underwrite our Victim Services Director position to improve legislatively mandated but largely unfunded crime victim services in prosecutor’s offices. In 2019, Jalayne Robinson, TDCAA’s Victim Services Director:
     •   traveled to 16 prosecutors’ offices to train 113 victim assistance coordinators (VACs) individually and in groups;
     •   presented victim services workshops training 667 prosecutors, prosecutor office staff, and VACs at TDCAA’s Newly Elected Boot Camp, Prosecutor Trial Skills Courses, Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update, Key Personnel & Victim Assistance Coordinator Seminar, and the Office of the Attorney General 2019 Crime Victim Services Conference;
     •   provided ongoing daily email and telephone support to Texas VACs;
     •   served as project director for TDCAA’s Office of the Governor Criminal Justice Division VAWA grant, including grant writing and grant administration;
     •   assisted in developing VAWA grant training;
     •   helped coordinate the TDCAA Key Personnel–Victim Services Board, including meeting and corresponding with Board members;
     •   wrote a regular column for TDCAA’s journal, The Texas Prosecutor;
     •   moderated discussion forums at TDCAA’s Annual Criminal & Civil Law Update and Key Personnel & Victim Assistance Coordinator Seminar;
     •   served on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division Victim Impact Statement Revision Committee; and
     •   represented TDCAA in policy development and service coordination with state agencies and other nonprofits assisting victims.

Advanced Prosecutor Training

Train The Trainer and Advanced Advocacy Courses are both resource- and manpower-intensive.

Train the Trainer. Since 2008, the Foundation has fully funded the food, lodging, and training of those attending this week-long seminar at no cost to their offices. Highly qualified faculty teach prosecutors, investigators, and staff the principles of adult learning techniques so they can give more effective oral presentations to a room of their peers or a jury panel. Attendance is by invitation only and is limited to 32 participants.

Advanced Advocacy Courses. Here, seasoned prosecutors further their skills in an intensive, week-long session at Baylor School of Law in Waco. Through presentations, demonstrations, and directed workshops in real courtrooms, experienced faculty guide participants through detailed felony case ­scenarios. This course addresses many ­challenges that arise in the most difficult cases we try. TDCAA offers both trial and appellate advocacy so that prosecutors with different specializations can enrich their skills. These courses are limited to 40 hand-selected students and are fully funded by the Foundation so there is no cost to attendees or their offices.

Want to read more about what we do?

Read the Foundation's 2019 Annual Report for a summary of what we accomplished over the last year.