Information Sheet

Texas Weighted Caseload Study-Attorney Time Keeping

Introduction
You are being asked to provide assistance with a study to learn more about the amount of time being spent to defend court-appointed cases. The study is being conducted by the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University. It is funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. You are being asked to participate because you are a practicing attorney in the state of Texas.

The information we will give you can help you make a good choice about joining the study.

What will I be asked to do?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to record the time you spend on cases and enter this information into a software program for a period of 12 weeks. We will be providing written instructions on how to use the software, as well as have webinars available for you to watch. You will also have a period of time to “practice” using the software and to try it out before the time keeping officially starts.

What are the risks involved in this study?
The risks associated with this study are minimal and are not greater than those encountered in daily life.

What are the possible benefits of this study?
As a benefit, the study may help improve the delivery of quality legal representation to indigent defendants.

Do I have to participate?
No. Your participation is voluntary. You may decide not to participate or to withdraw at any time without your current or future relations with Texas A&M University or the Texas Indigent Defense Commission being affected.

Who will know about my participation in this research study?
Only the research team will have access to the data and the data will be aggregated for the final report. Information about you will be kept confidential to the extent permitted or required by law. People who have access to your information include the Principal Investigator and research study personnel. Representatives of regulatory agencies such as the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and entities such as the Texas A&M University Human Subjects Protection Program may access your records to make sure the study is being run correctly and that information is collected properly.

Whom do I contact with questions about the research?
If you have questions regarding this study, you may contact, the Principal Investigator, Dr. Dottie Carmichael, at 979-845-9378 or at dottie@ppri.tamu.edu. In addition, the following website http://texaswcl.tamu.edu/ will provide further information about this study.

Whom do I contact about my rights as a research participant?
This research study has been reviewed by the Human Subjects’ Protection Program and/or the Institutional Review Board at Texas A&M University (TAMU IRB#2013-0643M Expiration Date: 11/01/2018). For research-related problems or questions regarding your rights as a research participant, you can contact these offices at (979) 458-4067 or irb@tamu.edu.