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Randee Waldman

Clinical Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Child Advocacy, Children's Rights, Education Law, Juvenile Justice


Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic, Education Law and Policy, Kids in Conflict with the Law


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. 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, Waldman practiced in New York for nine years. She began her legal career as a litigation associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. She then worked for almost six 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, 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.

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, Georgia Public Defender Council’s Annual Statewide Defender Conferences, The Virginia State Bar’s Leroy Rountree Hassell, Sr. Indigent Criminal Defense Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner Training Program, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association conference, Florida’s Child Litigation Skills Training, the Mississippi Youth Court Defender Conference, and many more. Professor Waldman is co-director of the Advisory Council for the Southern Juvenile Defender Center and Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She also serves on the advisory council for PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, and the executive committee of the Child Protection and Advocacy Section of the State Bar of Georgia. She is also an active member of the juvenile justice committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Clinical Legal Education Association. In 2016 she was honored by the National Juvenile Defender Center with the Champion of Justice award, and in 2013 she was honored by the Juvenile Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia Bar with their award for outstanding delinquency legal advocate.

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