Contributors

Mike Ware

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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. In 2006, he co-founded the Innocence Project of Texas. In July 2007 Mike left private practice to become the head of the newly formed Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, where he made national and international news for securing exonerations for 15 wrongly convicted innocent men, some of whom had served more than 25 years in prison.

Mimi Coffey

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Mimi Coffey is a trial attorney with 17 years’ experience. Founder of The Coffey Firm, she practices in Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties. She is board-certified in DWI by the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD) and is a Regent of the NCDD. Author of Texas DWI Defense: The Law and Practice, Mimi has also written three nationally published and four statewide articles. Mimi has twice attended Indiana University’s Borkenstein Course for state toxicologists, on both alcohol and drugs.

Monique Sparks

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Monique Sparks received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from Dillard University in 2003. She received her JD in 2006 from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and became licensed in the same year. She opened her firm, the Sparks Law Firm, PC, in 2008 in Houston, Texas. Monique handles both family and criminal matters in Houston and surrounding counties. She is a member of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA) and a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.

Paul C. Looney

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Paul C. Looney, a former award-winning salesman and 1990 graduate of South Texas School of Law, has not suffered a final conviction in any of his last 59 criminal jury trials, a winning streak that stretches back to 1995. He has tried a wide array of civil and criminal cases in numerous State and Federal courts across the U.S.

Peter M. Barrett

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Peter Barrett is a partner at the law firm of Barrett Bright Lassiter Linder Perez. He graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1994 and has been in private practice since then. Peter concentrates on federal and state criminal defense and was President of the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association from 2004 to 2005. He has previously contributed to the Voice.

Prof. Elizabeth M. McKenzie

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Elizabeth M. McKenzie was Director of the Moakley Library at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1996–2014. She was previously Head of Readers Services at St. Louis University, from 1986–1996. She has taught many law students and graduate students basic and advanced legal research skills and thinks practicing lawyers need to know more ways to find reliable free resources on the Internet.

Q. Tate Williams

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Q. Tate Williams earned his BA in Archaeological Studies and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996, then attended the University of Houston Law Center, earned his JD Tate was admitted to the bar in 1999. He’s a member of the Criminal Justice and Family Law Sections of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, the Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

Randy Schaffer

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Randy Schaffer received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and his JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

Randy Wilson

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Randy Wilson has been a sole practitioner in Abilene for more than 43 years, handling cases ranging from capital murder to DWI. He has handled eight capital cases during his years of practice, and none of his clients have received the death penalty. He was a defense attorney for several members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints subsequent to the State of Texas raid on the YFZ Ranch in Schleicher County when over 400 children were seized and removed by CPS. He is a former chair of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Educational Institute and present Board Member.

Ray McMains

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Ray McMains, co-founder of F.I.S.S. (Forensic Information Solution Services), was with the Texas Breath Test Program for 17 years as a certified Technical Supervisor. In 2009, he was honored with the Medal of Merit award for his development of the State’s Black Mamba software system. This is the system that acquires and retains the data from all the Intoxilyzers used statewide. Prior to working with DPS, Ray served in the United States Army as a Cryptologic Intercepter and was stationed in Korea, where he intercepted and analyzed foreign communication signals.