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Insights into Juvenile Deprived Court: Unraveling the Experiences of Children and Parents in the Legal System

Haruv USA for Tulsa Community College

March 29, 9am-2:00pm

TCC Southeast Campus, Building 9, room 9100, The Chat Room

(10300 East 81st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 7413)

Timothy Michaels-Johnson, J.D. – Executive Director, Tulsa Lawyers for Children

Having earned his Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2011, Timothy Michaels-Johnson focused his career on child welfare. He joined the District Attorney’s Office of Tulsa County and prosecuted deprived child cases for nearly 5 years. Since 2016, Michaels-Johnson has worked for Tulsa Lawyers for Children representing children and training TLC’s volunteer attorneys. In May 2020, Michaels-Johnson was honored to become TLC’s third Executive Director. In addition to his work with TLC, Michaels-Johnson is Co-chair of the Juvenile Section of the Tulsa County Bar Association, member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Oversight Committee on Uniform Representation of Children and Parents in Cases Involving Abuse and Neglect, Oklahoma State Coordinator for the National Association of Counsel for Children, and an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law teaching Juvenile Law.

Gwendolyn Clegg, J.D. has dedicated the past twenty-three years of her legal career to representing parents, children and families involved in Oklahoma’s juvenile deprived court system.  Ms. Clegg has made substantial contributions to the legal field and community that have distinguished her as an expert in family representation and advocacy in deprived cases as demonstrated by her numerous professional speaking engagements and published articles. In January 2024, Gwendolyn Clegg was appointed as the Executive Director of Oklahoma’s new state-wide Family Representation and Advocacy Program.  The Family Representation and Advocacy Program is a legislative funded central office for high-quality legal representation for parents and children. Prior to her new appointment, Ms. Clegg was the Program Director of the Parent Representation Defense Program at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., in Tulsa County after having served the program as the Managing Attorney.  LASO’s parent defense program was the first and only proof of concept interdisciplinary parent defense office in the state of Oklahoma providing high quality legal representation to parents. Ms. Clegg serves the legal community as a voting member to the Oklahoma Supreme Court Task Force (now Oversight Committee) for the Uniform Representation of Children and Parents in Cases involving Abuse and Neglect, as well as serving as a member of the American Bar Association’s, Center for Children and the Law, National Association Parent Representation Steering Committee. Ms. Clegg received her juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa, College of Law in May 2000 and her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern State University in 1994. Upon graduation from law school Ms. Clegg received the prestigious Order of the Barrister’s Award and upon recommendation of the faculty was awarded the Lawyering Skills certificate.

Tara Glenn, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently providing therapeutic services, consultation, and training to the Tulsa community through her private practice. The major areas of focus in her professional experience have included child abuse and trauma, attachment, parenting guidance, impact of trauma across the life span, and utilizing reflective perspectives to support professional efficacy. Tara is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist, IMH-E (III) through the Oklahoma Association of Infant Mental Health. She has worked with at-risk families for 11 years both in community and private practice settings, interfacing with multiple systems including child welfare, Juvenile Courts, school systems, and with medical teams. She identifies her values as being: joy, laughter, relationship, and compassion.

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