BOARD CERTIFIED IN CRIMINAL LAW. OVER 25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE.
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FEDERAL CRIMES, STATE MISDEMEANORS & FELONIES, WHITE COLLAR CRIMES, DWI - DUI, TRIALS AND APPEALS.
Voted by his peers as a Texas Super Lawyer both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney.
Named to Best Lawyers in America Consumer Guide, 2001.
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Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Mike Ware lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and 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.
In 1984, Ware began private practice, specializing in criminal defense. His practice included representing police officers in criminal, civil and administrative matters as well as investigating and litigating whistle-blower claims. He became board certified in criminal law in 1990. His criminal defense practice has involved pre-charge investigations, grand jury proceedings, trials, direct appeals and other post-conviction proceedings in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.
From July 2007 until July 2011, Ware was the Special Fields Bureau Chief for the Dallas County District Attorney's office, which included the Conviction Integrity Unit. In April 2009, Ware was featured in “Dallas DNA,” a six-week television series on Investigation Discovery (ID) based on his work with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). In July 2011, Ware resumed private practice in Fort Worth.
Ware was a faculty member at the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute in Huntsville, Texas from 1993 to 1996, and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Ware's peers voted to name him a "Texas Super Lawyer.”
Currently, Ware is an adjunct professor at Texas Wesleyan School of Law and is the supervisor of the Wesleyan Innocence Project. He is on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Texas.
- University of Houston Law School, J.D. Degree 1983
- University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Graduated with honors, 1977
- Research editor – Houston Law Review, 1982 – 1983 – Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook, 1982
- Law Clerk for the Honorable David O. Belew, United States District Judge, 1983 - 1984
- Private Practice of Law, 1984 - July 2007, July 2011 - present
- Special Fields Bureau Chief for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, July 2007 – June 2011
- Dallas County District Attorney Legislative Liaison to the Texas Legislature 2009 and 2011
- Faculty Member Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute, 1993-1996
- Adjunct Professor - Texas Wesleyan Law School - 2007 Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award
- Committee of Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) - University of North Texas – 2006 - 2007
- A-V Rating - Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected in 2001 by the Best Lawyers in America to be included in the Best Lawyers Consumer Guide.
- Voted by his peers as Texas Super Lawyer
- Received “Truth and Justice Award,” the Innocence Project of Texas, 2009
- Comment, Federal Intervention in State Prisons: The Modern Prison Conditions Case, 19 Hous. L. Rev. 931 (1982).
- Federal Death Penalty Practice, 25 Voice for the Defense 10 (1996)
- New York Law School Review, “Conviction Integrity Unit and the Importance of Getting it Right the First Time,” Vol. 56/2011/12 pages 1033-1050 (2012).
- Board Certified Criminal Law – 1990
LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW:
- United States Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court, Western District of Texas
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court, District of Colorado
SAMPLE OF PUBLISHED APPELLATE CASES:
- Ex parte Miles, 359 S.W.3d 647 (Tex. Crim. App. 2012).
- Ex parte Chabot, 300 S.W.3d 768 (Tex. Crim. App. 2009).
- Henry v. State, 263 S.W.3d 151 (Tex. App.–Houston [1st Dist.] 2007).
- United States v. Anderson, 371 F.3d 606 (9th Cir. 2004).
- Wooden v. State, 2003 WL 131818 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 2003).
- United States v. Singh, 261 F.3d 530, 532 (5th Cir. 2001).
- United States v. Landerman, 109 F.3d 1053 (5th Cir.1997), rehearing denied 116 F.3d 199 (5th Cir. 1997).
- State v. Edmond, 903 S.W.2d 856 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 1996) aff'd and reversed in part.
- Sanchez v. State, 906 S.W.2d 176 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 1995, pet. ref.d).
- Chappell v. State, 850 S.W.2d 508 (Tex. Crim. App. 1993).
- Lane v. State, 828 S.W.2d 764 (Tex. Crim. App. 1992).
- Lankston v. State, 827 S.W.2d 907 (Tex. Crim. App. 1992).
- Woolridge v. State, 827 S.W.2d 900 (Tex. Crim. App. 1992).
- Sandare Chemical Co., Inc. v. Wako International, Inc., 820 S.W.2d 21 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 1991, no writ).
- U.S. v. Buford, 889 F.2d 1406 (C.A.5 1989).
- Caraveo v. State, 752 S.W.2d 18 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 1988, no pet.).
- W. Pat Crow Forgings, Inc. v. Casarez, 749 S.W.2d 192 (Tex. App.–Fort Worth 1988, writ denied).
- Baxter v. State, 718 S.W.2d 28 (Tex. App.–Eastland 1986, pet. ref'd).
TALKS, LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS:
- August 2010 - "Purging Wrongful Convictions: is the System Working?" Presented at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Seminar, Preventing and Correcting Wrongful Convictions, Toronto, Canada.
- June 2010 - "Actual Innocence and Wrongful Convictions.” Presented at the National Institute of Justice 2010 Conference, Arlington, Virginia.
- May 2010 - "Wrongful Convictions.” Presented at the Center for American and International Law, Best Practices in Law Enforcement, Plano, Texas
- March 2010 - "Ethics.” Presented at the Center for American and International Law, Innocence Conference, Plano, Texas
- March 2010 - "Dallas DNA Exonerations: Lessons Learned.” Presented at the Conference on Crimes Against Women, Dallas, Texas
- February 2010 - "Freeing the Innocent, Convicting the Guilty.” Presented at the National Institute of Justice Seminar, DNA Post-Convictions Investigation and Defense, Washington, D.C.
- February 2010 - "The Exonerated: Efforts in Texas and Florida to Right the Wrongs.” Presented at the American Bar Association Conference, 2010 Orlando Midyear Meeting Indigent Defense, Orlando, Florida.
- January 2010 - "Wrongful Convictions.” Presented at the Wesleyan Innocence Seminar, Innocence Training, Fort Worth, Texas.
- November 2009 - "Conviction Integrity Unit.” Presented at the Second Court of Appeals, Fort Worth, Texas.
- August 2009 - "Actual Innocence.” Presented at the State Bar of Texas, Innocence Seminar, Plano, Texas.
- July 2009 - "Wrongful Convictions.” Presented at the State Bar of Texas Seminar, Advanced Criminal Law Course, Dallas, Texas.
- April 2009 - "Conviction Integrity Unit.” Presented at the Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference, Tapatio Springs, Texas.
- April 2009 - "Current Topic in Forensics: Post Conviction DNA.” Presented at the National Institute of Justice, NIJ Applied Technologies Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.
- March 2009 - "Actual Innocence.” Presented at the Center for American and International Law, Innocence Conference, Plano, Texas.
- March 2009 - "Actual Innocence.” Presented by the 51st Annual County Judges and Commissioners Continuing Education Conference, Austin, Texas.
- January 2009 - "Case Identification and Evaluation.” Presented by the National Institute of Justice, Post-conviction DNA Case Management Symposium, Palm Harbor, Florida.
- June 2008 - "Actual Innocence.” Presented at the Fort Worth Paralegal Association Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas.
- June 2008 - Panelist on Innocence Reforms. Presented at the Innocence Policy Network Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
- April 2008 - "The Search for Innocence: New Approaches, Texas Reforms.” Presented at the Center for American and International Law, Innocence Policy Network Conference, Plano, Texas.
- January 2008 - "Updates From the Front: Actual Innocence Litigation in Dallas and Houston.” Presented at the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Innocence Training 2008, Dallas, Texas.
- September 2007 - "Innocence.” Presented at the Wesleyan Innocence Seminar, Innocence Project of Texas Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.
Jena has over 18 years experience as a criminal law paralegal. In 1997, Jena became a certified paralegal, which the American Bar Association recognizes as a designation that “marks a high level of professional achievement,” and signifies her ability to provide superior services to firms. (www.nala.org). As a certified paralegal, Jena must fulfill ongoing educational requirements that include 50 hours every five years of Continuing Legal Education (CLE).
In addition to being a certified paralegal, Jena has been a member of the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division for many years and currently is the State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division Board Representative for the College of the State Bar of Texas. Jena became a member of the Fort Worth Paralegal Association (FWPA) in 1992 and was the President of the FWPA in 2005, where she served on the board for a total of six years. Jena was also nominated for Paralegal of the Year from 2003-2006 while a member of the Fort Worth Paralegal Division. Jena’s “Paralegal Profile” was in West’s Paralegal Today, Fourth Edition.
Jena was also featured in “Dallas DNA,” a six-week television series on Investigation Discovery (ID) in April 2009 based on the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). Jena was the paralegal for the CIU when it was created in 2007 and continued her work with the CIU until 2011. The CIU was the first of its kind in the United States and was created to review actual claims of innocence in Dallas County, Texas.