Justice in Action

June 30, 2016

An Interview with Mike Ware​ of the Texas A&M Law Innocence Clinic

Mike Ware SanAntonio4 AP_383838099358Cassandra Rivera, center, followed by Elizabeth Ramirez and Kristie Mayhugh [of the "San Antonio Four"] leave the Bexar County Jail with their attorney Mike Ware, right, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

Viewers of the popular real-crime documentary show "Making a Murderer" learned about the Wisconsin Innocence Project, ​that works to free wrongfully convicted individuals. Texas A&M University School of Law ​operates its own similar program, the Innocence Clinic, which works with the Innocence Project of Texas. Here, Aggie Law students have the chance to work on actual cases where convicted criminals claim their innocence.

The Texas A&M Foundation podcast, "The Sound of the Spirit," interviewed adjunct professor and Innocence Clinic director Mike Ware about "Making a Murderer" and another case, the San Antonio Four.

Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/texas-am-foundation/justice-in-action.

Ware is the director of the Innocence Clinic at Texas A&M School of Law and executive director and chief counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas. He teaches Post-Conviction Actual Innocence Claims at ​the law school. Ware,​ formerly with the Dallas County District Attorney's Conviction Integrity Unit, is a criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth. His Aggie Law students benefit from his 30 years of experience in criminal trial, appellate, and post-conviction practice including death penalty cases, in state and federal courts throughout the U.S.

Ware has been named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer as both a defense lawyer and a prosecutor. In 2014 Ware received the Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year award from the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).

For more information on the Innocence Project of Texas, visit ipoftexas.org.

To learn about the documentary film based on the San Antonio Four, visit southwestofsalem.com.

To support the Innocence Clinic, visit give.am/tamuinnocence.