Michael L. Ware

Adjunct Professor
Director, Texas A&M School of Law Innocence Project Clinic
Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas

Mike WareMike Ware directs the Texas A&M School of Law ​Innocence Project, part of Texas A&M Legal Clinics, in collaboration with The Innocence Project of Texas. Aggie Law clinical students in the Innocence Project investigate cases of defendants who claim actual innocence, even after all appeals have failed. As an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, ​Mr. Ware is the course instructor for "Post-Conviction Actual Innocence Claims." 

Mr. Ware graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in philosophy. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1983, where he was research editor for the Houston Law Review and the Houston Law Review's Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook.

In addition, he was a law clerk for the Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth from 1983 to 1984.

He then began his private practice, Mike Ware Law, specializing in criminal defense.

Mr. Ware has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990. From July 2007 until July 2011, he was the Special Fields Bureau Chief for the Dallas County District Attorney's office, and was head of Dallas County’s Conviction Integrity Unit. In July 2011, he resumed private practice in Fort Worth.

Mr. Ware was a faculty member at the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute in Huntsville, Texas from 1993 to 1996, has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been voted a "Texas Super Lawyer” by his peers. In 2014, Mr. Ware was named the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association.

Since January 2016, he has been the Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas.