Andrea Marsh

Executive Director

Texas Fair Defense Project

510 South Congress Avenue, Ste. 208
Austin, Texas 78704

(512) 637-5221 | Fax: (512) 637-5224


Andrea Marsh is the Founder and Executive Director of the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP) in Austin, Texas.  TFDP works to improve the fairness and accuracy of the criminal justice system in Texas, with a primary focus on improving access to counsel and the quality of representation provided to poor people accused of crime.  TFDP defends the rights of indigent criminal defendants through litigation, education, and advocacy.  Ms. Marsh heads the team that is developing non-capital attorney performance standards for the Bar's Legal Services to the Poor Committee and is on the Oversight Board for the West Texas Regional Public Defender for Capital Cases.  She also represented Walter Rothgery before the U.S. Supreme Court in Rothgery v. Gillespie County, in which the Court held that the right to counsel attaches in Texas at a defendant's Article 15.17 hearing.  Ms. Marsh is a graduate of Tulane University and Yale Law School.  After graduating from law shcool, she clerked for the Honorable Keith P. Ellison of the United States District Court in Laredo, Texas.  Ms. Marsh has been awarded several prestigious national public interest felllowships, including the Liman Public Interest Fellowship (2002-2003, Yale Law School), the Soros Justice Advocacy Fellowship (2004-2006, Open Society Institute), and the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship (2005-2006, Harvard Law School).  She was recognized by Texas Lawyer Magazine as one of 30 Extraordinary Women in Texas Law in September 2008 and received the Texas Law Fellowships 2009 Excellence in Public Interest Award.

Phyllis E Mann - Wed, 01/20/2010 - 15:44