Rogers County Associate District Judge Sheila A. Condren has announced her candidacy for District Judge of Rogers, Mayes andCraigCounties.
Her announcement follows news that current District Judge Dynda Post will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of her term.
“I have been privileged to serve as both Special District Judge and Associate District Judge, and I would be honored to continue serving the people of the 12th Judicial District as their District Judge,” Condren said.
Condren has been widely recognized for her community service and advocacy in the areas of domestic violence and child support enforcement.
She also has been a force in providing alternative justice intervention for non-violent offenders who are drug-addicted or struggling with mental illness.
“I believe we must expand the use of community partnerships to ensure an efficient and effective court system,” Condren said. “If elected, I intend to meet regularly with other agencies and community leaders to ensure the court system is being appropriately responsive to the needs of the community.”
Condren founded the first diversionary criminalMental Health Treatment CourtforRogersCounty; she oversees one of the state’s largest drug courts, and helped start the Veteran’sTreatment Courtprogram forRogersCounty.
Judge Condren partnered with the local domestic violence organization to open the first “Protective Order Office” in the Rogers County Courthouse.
She also spearheaded the effort to build the new Rogers County Courthouse without raising taxes, and co-chaired the citizen committee that recommended construction of the new facility.
Currently, Condren is working with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma in a grant for “Access to Justice” wherebyRogersCountywill pilot the firstSelfHelpCenterin the State ofOklahoma.
Judge Condren has been a judge in the 12th Judicial District for 13 years. She began as a Special District Judge in 2000, serving Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties.
In 2006, former Governor Brad Henry appointed Condren as Associate District Judge forRogersCounty. She has since been re-elected to the position twice.
Condren is a 1987 graduate of theUniversityofTulsa,CollegeofLawwhere she was a staff member of the Energy Law Journal.
Before taking the bench in 2000, Condren was in private practice, and also worked for the State ofOklahomain the area of child support enforcement.
While working as an attorney, the Oklahoma Child Support Enforcement Association awarded her “Attorney of the Year” and “Member of the Year”.
Tulsa People magazine named Condren to its “Shining Star” list for her advocacy on behalf of child support enforcement. She was also nominated for the Paragon Award for her community service in the area of domestic violence.
Former Attorney General Drew Edmondson appointed Condren to serve on the Oklahoma Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advisory Council in 2005. She served as the council’s chair in 2006.
Condren is a past president of the American Inns of Court, Hudson-Hall-Wheaton Chapter. During her administration, the chapter was awarded the Circle of Excellence Award for Excellence in Inn Administration. Less than one percent of the chapters nationally were recognized with this award.
She has been married 22 years to her husband, Glen, a former OU football standout, and 7-year veteran of the NFL. They have five children including one child together, a 13-year-old daughter.