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Los Angeles District Meeting & District Elections: "Wrongful Convictions and Proving Innocence”

Los Angeles District Meeting & District Elections

"Wrongful Convictions and Proving Innocence”

Presented by Attorney Mike Ware, Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas

Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 12 PM PDT

This meeting will feature a presentation by our special guest Mike Ware, veteran attorney and Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas. He will discuss his experiences  as a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor, the use of “junk science” in wrongful convictions, his work on specific cases with the Innocence Project since co-founding it in 2006, and the relevance of all this for private investigators.

Elections: During this meeting we will also hold our annual May election for Los Angeles District Officers. Nominations for these positions are open to all eligible district members. Jay Rosenzweig will be running again for a two-year term as District Director and Howard Dratch will be running again for the one-year District Governor position. (If anyone else plans on running, please notify Howard in advance). The online election will be supervised by CALI Vice President of Administrative Services Lee Wolfe. As CALI Chairman of the Board, Jay Rosenzweig, will also discuss additional CALI business.  

All CALI Members and non-members throughout California are invited to attend. 


About the Speaker

Mike 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, specializing in criminal defense. Mr. Ware has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.

In 2006, he co-founded the Innocence Project of Texas. 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 (CIU). In April 2009, Mr. Ware was featured in “Dallas DNA,” a six-week television series on Investigation Discovery (ID) based on his work with the Dallas County CIU. In July 2011, he resumed private practice in Fort Worth. Mr. Ware has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been voted a "Texas Super Lawyer” by his peers both as a criminal defense attorney and a prosecutor. In 2014 and again in 2020, Mr. Ware was selected as the Percy Foreman Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. In 2018, Mr. Ware was honored with the Judge Norman W. Black Award from the LGBT Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for his representation of the San Antonio Four, which was the subject of an award winning and Emmy nominated documentary, “Southwest of Salem”. “Exhibit A” released on Netflix on June 28, 2019 features an episode on Mr. Ware’s Innocence Project of Texas case, George Powell, and the junk science (bogus “photogrammetry”) used to wrongfully convict him.

Currently, Mr. Ware is in private practice and is an adjunct professor at Texas A & M University School of Law. Since 2016, he has been the Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas.


Thursday, May 13, 2021, 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM
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