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Mike Ware


Mike Ware lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1983, where he was research editor for the Houston Law Review. He was a law clerk for the Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., United States District Judge in Fort Worth. In 1984, Ware began private practice, specializing in criminal defense. He became board certified in criminal law in 1990. In 2007, Ware co-founded the Innocence Project of Texas. In July 2007, Ware left private practice to become the head of the newly formed Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. During the four years Ware headed the CIU, the Unit made national and international news for securing exonerations for fifteen wrongly convicted innocent men, some of whom had served more than 25 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. In 2011, Ware resumed private practice as a criminal defense lawyer, handling both trials and post-conviction matters, including capital murder and white collar crimes. He devotes innumerable pro bono hours to investigating claims of actual innocence. Ware is an adjunct law professor at Texas A&M School of Law. His article, “Dallas County Conviction Integrity Unit and the Importance of Getting it Right the First Time,” was published in the New York Law Review in 2012. In 2014, Ware was named the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association.