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Randee J. Waldman

Director, Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic

Randee J. Waldman serves as the Director of the Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic at Emory University School of Law.  In this role, she supervises law students in holistic representation of young people charged with delinquent and status offenses.  In addition to representing these clients in their juvenile court cases, she and her students also represent them in special education proceedings, school suspension proceedings, and other forums according to the clients’ needs.  Professor Waldman engages in policy work related to juvenile justice issues and teaches courses in juvenile justice and education law. 

Prior to joining the Juvenile Defender Clinic in 2006, Professor Waldman practiced in New York for 9 years.  She began her legal career as a litigation associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton.  She then worked for almost 6 years as a senior attorney at Advocates for Children of New York, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring quality and equal public education services for New York City’s most vulnerable students.  While at Advocates for Children, Professor Waldman represented parents and students to obtain appropriate special education services for students with disabilities, represented students in school discipline proceedings, served as co-counsel in several impact litigation cases in federal court, and directed the pro bono and law student intern programs. 

Professor Waldman is a widely respected trainer, speaker, and writer.  She is a NITA certified trial skills trainer and a certified trainer for the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program.  She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, including National Juvenile Defender Center Leadership Summits, Southern Juvenile Defender Center Regional Summits, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association conference, the Georgia Youth Law Conference, Florida’s Child Litigator Skills Training, the Mississippi Youth Court Defender Conference, and many more.  Her recent publications include:

  • “I Want to Talk to my Mom: The Role of Parents in Police Interrogations of Juveniles,” which was co-written with Barbara Bennett Woodhouse and Steve Reba and included in the book, Justice for Kids: Keeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System (NYU Press 2011).
  • “Suspending Reason:  An Analysis of Georgia’s Off-Campus Suspension Statute,” which was co-written with Steve Reba and appeared in the 2008 edition of the John Marshall Law Journal. 
  • “Defending Clients who have been Searched and Interrogated at School:  A Guide for Juvenile Defenders,” a practice guide co-written with Katayoon Majd and Wendy Wolf and published by the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Professor Waldman serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children, the Advisory Board for the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, and the Executive Committee of the newly created Child Protection and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Georgia.  She is also an active member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the juvenile justice committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.  She was recently honored by the Juvenile Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar with their award for outstanding delinquency legal advocate.

Education: BA, Haverford College; JD, University of Chicago Law School.