Justice in Action

June 30, 2016

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

Mike Ware SA4 AP photoCassandra Rivera, center, followed by Elizabeth Ramirez and Kristie Mayhugh are led out of the Bexar County Jail by their attorney Mike Ware, right, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in San Antonio. It was announced earlier in the day the San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 were expected to walk free Monday after a judge agreed that their convictions were tainted by faulty witness testimony. Vasquez, the fourth, has already been paroled, but under strict conditions. (AP Photo/Eric Gay).

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.