Karly Jo Dixon is an attorney in the Travis County Public Defender Office's criminal defense practice. Previously, she worked for six years at the Texas Fair Defense Project (TFDP) in Austin, where she represented low-income Texans on issues related to driver license recovery, Class C/ticket defense, and criminal records clearing. She began her work there as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, focused on TFDP’s Criminal Justice Debt Initiative.
At Texas Law, Karly Jo participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic, served as the executive editor and submissions manager for the American Journal of Criminal Law, was the treasurer for the Public Interest Law Association, and co-founded Getting Radical in the South (GRITS), a student-run conference on progressive lawyering in the South. As a Mithoff Pro Bono Scholar, she helped develop the driver's license recovery clinic, through which Texas Law students assist individuals whose licenses have been suspended because of unpaid criminal costs and civil surcharges. She worked for the Capital Area Private Defender Service; Texas Defender Service; TFDP; and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.