Honoring 100 for the 100th: Doris Fransein

Doris Fransein PhotoThe Honorable Doris L. Fransein
District Judge, Tulsa County District Court
Chief, Juvenile Division
Tulsa, Oklahoma 

Doris L. Fransein graduated from the University of Tulsa’s College of Law, and worked with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant, working in both criminal and civil divisions. Fransein has since left to enter private practice, with the primary emphasis on urban renewal for the Tulsa Development Authority.

Fransein’s judicial experience includes Presiding Judge for the Tulsa Municipal Court, was appointed Special Judge for Tulsa County in 1995, and was elected as District Judge in 2002. Fransein has worked in domestic relations, domestic violence, juvenile court, and general jurisdiction civil court. In 2005, Fransein became Chief Judge for the Juvenile Division for the Tulsa County District Court.

Currently, Fransein is an adjunct professor at University of Tulsa’s College of Law where teaches Juvenile Law, and is also an Advisory Board Member for Haruv Institute

Fransein is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association, Trial Judges’ Association, Juvenile Justice Oversight, and Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Fransein has been recognized for her outstanding work through the Mona S. Lambird Spotlight Award in 2000, the OBA Alma Wilson Award in 2006, the “I Care” Award in 2008, the Child Partner Award in 2006, the Oklahoma Gang Investigator’s Judge of the Year Award in 2008, the OKDHS Adoptive Advocate Award in 2008, the CASA Judge of the Year in 2010 and 2014, the Tulsa County Bar Association Outstanding Senior Lawyer in 2013, and the Golden Rule Award in 2016.

Fransein has also led and worked as the conference leader at OKDHS, Oklahoma Bar Association, Tulsa County Bar Association, Oklahoma Judicial Conference, and the Oklahoma Court Improvement Project.

Previousy, Fransein has worked with the Legislative Task Force to Study and Rewrite Children’s Code Oklahoma Statutes, the Legislative Task Force for Foster Care Reform, the Task Force for Juvenile Justice Reform as Chairperson, the Founding Member of the Child Protection Coalition for Tulsa County, the Tulsa County Children’s Behavioral Health Coalition, and the Children’s Juvenile Justice Coalition for Tulsa County.

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