Professor Renee Waisner has worked as an Assistant Public Defender for Tulsa County for the last 26 years. She has represented deprived and neglected children placed in the foster care system, advocating for their rights throughout the legal process. Approximately 30 percent of those children fall within the purview of the Indian Child Welfare Act. She has trained several tribal child welfare programs on ICWA. The training for tribal workers has included the legal aspects of testifying as an expert witness in state court. She is currently on contract for the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program to train on various aspects of deprived law, including ICWA.
Currently she is an adjunct professor of Indian Child Welfare at The University of Tulsa. She also teaches Federal Government at Tulsa Community College.
Professor Waisner earned a BS in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Phychology from the College of the Ozarks and a JD from The University of Tulsa College of Law.
MJ Courses Taught: Indian Child Welfare Act