Published by Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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This is an intense training course for lawyers, students and activists working to free the wrongfully convicted. Sessions will focus on the development of the practical skills necessary to win in this critical area of legal practice.
Mike Ware Mike Ware lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1983, where he was research editor for the Houston Law Review. He was a law clerk for the Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., United States District Judge in...MoreMike Ware lives in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1983, where he was research editor for the Houston Law Review. He was a law clerk for the Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., United States District Judge in Fort Worth.
In 1984, Ware began private practice, specializing in criminal defense. He became board certified in criminal law in 1990.
In 2007, Ware co-founded the Innocence Project of Texas. In July 2007, Ware left private practice to become the head of the newly formed Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. During the four years Ware headed the CIU, the Unit made national and international news for securing exoneration's for fifteen wrongly convicted innocent men, some of whom had served more than 25 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
In 2011, Ware resumed private practice as a criminal defense lawyer, handling both trials and post-conviction matters, including capital murder and white collar crimes. He devotes innumerable pro bono hours to investigating claims of actual innocence.
Ware is an adjunct law professor at Texas A&M School of Law. His article, “Dallas CountyConviction Integrity Unit and the Importance of Getting it Right the First Time,” was published in the New York Law Review in 2012. In 2014, Ware was named the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. Collapse
Russel Wilson Russell Wilson II graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1995. In 1995, Mr. Wilson began private practice, primarily in criminal defense. He became board certified in criminal law in 2003. Since July 2011, Mr. Wilson has been the...MoreRussell Wilson II graduated from the University of Oklahoma Law School in 1995. In 1995, Mr. Wilson began private practice, primarily in criminal defense. He became board certified in criminal law in 2003. Since July 2011, Mr. Wilson has been the Special Fields Bureau Chief and the head of the Dallas County District Attorney's office Conviction Integrity Unit. Mr. Wilson was a board member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Board of Directors prior to joining the Dallas County District Attorney's office. Collapse
Patricia J. Cummings General Counsel Patricia J. Cummings brings over 20 years of criminal justice experience to TCDLA. Ms. Cummings began her career as a briefing attorney for the Eighth District Court of Appeals with plans to use the appellate experience as a...MoreGeneral Counsel Patricia J. Cummings brings over 20 years of criminal justice experience to TCDLA. Ms. Cummings began her career as a briefing attorney for the Eighth District Court of Appeals with plans to use the appellate experience as a foundation for pursuing her lifelong ambition of becoming a successful trial lawyer. Viewing prosecution as the next step to becoming a successful trial lawyer, she then went to work for the Williamson County Attorney's Office in Georgetown. After just a short stint there, she transitioned into private practice where she focused her attention on defending juveniles and adults accused of committing crime.
Ms. Cummings is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both juvenile and criminal law and she has taught the criminal defense clinic at the University of Texas School of Law since 2002. During her career, Ms. Cummings has actively served both the bar and community. She served as chair of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization's Juvenile Law Board Examination Committee, President of the Williamson County Bar Association and was a board member for two local children's organizations. Ms. Cummings grew up in El Paso, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Houston Law Center. Collapse
Gary Udashen Gary A. Udashen's law practice combines the book knowledge that comes with an active appellate practice with the trial skills of a seasoned trial attorney. Dividing his practice between these two areas has enabled Mr. Udashen to bridge what is often...MoreGary A. Udashen's law practice combines the book knowledge that comes with an active appellate practice with the trial skills of a seasoned trial attorney. Dividing his practice between these two areas has enabled Mr. Udashen to bridge what is often considered separate areas of criminal defense work.
Mr. Udashen is well known as a criminal appellate specialist and was one of the first lawyers in the State of Texas to be Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law By the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has effectively represented clients in federal and state appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. His appellate cases have made law in many areas of criminal jurisprudence ranging from bank fraud cases to suppression of exculpatory evidence by prosecutors.
Additionally, Mr. Udashen has over 30 years experience trying cases in both Federal and State courts. These cases include trials ranging from conspiracy to white collar fraud to murder and manslaughter. He has also been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1985. The intricate knowledge of the law that comes from his appellate practice is carried forward into the trial court where Mr. Udashen is able to effectively pursue complex and innovative defensive strategies. Mr. Udashen has also developed an expertise in various areas of criminal law, including search and seizure, evidence and federal sentencing procedures. Mr. Udashen has also represented persons falsely imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and has obtained the release of several of these persons. He has also carried his desire to free innocent persons from prison into his work with the Innocence Project of Texas where he has worked as Dallas Director and is currently serving as President. Mr. Udashen was honored with the Super Lawyers Magazine Pro Bono award for 2014 for his work with the Innocence Project of Texas. Mr. Udashen's success in pursuing innocence claims for his clients has been the subject of widespread media attention. Collapse
August 10, 2017
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This program contains the following components:
Dallas County Experience - Video
Dallas County Experience - Paper
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