Training for all real lawyers continues throughout their careers. It is that way with us. All lawyers are sent to at least one CLE (Continuing Legal Education) seminar a year. In addition, in-house seminars with brought-in speakers are put on 2-3 times a year. All inexperienced lawyers (those with less than ten jury trials) are paired up with senior lawyers for any trials. Presentations concerning wide-ranging subjects from probation revocations to the rights of foreign nationals are regularly made during office staff meetings. Finally, all inexperienced public defenders are assigned their own mentors and receive regular training through in-house seminars on all subjects touching on our job. Lawyers that work for the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office are regularly and thoroughly trained.
Tim "Tarzan" Wilson was born on November 30, 1947, in Lorain, Ohio. It was a cloudy Sunday. He graduated from Cordell High School in 1965 and from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in May 1970. He served as a Marine officer from 1970 to 1973, and was a highly decorated combat Marine in Vietnam. After the Marines he attended law school at the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated in 1979.
While in law school, Wilson founded the Oklahoma University Rugby Club. His rugby honors include membership on the Ozark Selects and the Western U.S. All-Stars. The rugby field at OU - Tarzan Pitch - is named after him.
As a lawyer, Wilson has practiced almost exclusively in the criminal arena, first as a prosecutor for Oklahoma City and for the last three decades as a public defender. He has been a regular presenter at legal seminars, where his subjects have included motions in limine, preparing mitigation in death penalty cases, dealing with the difficult client, direct examination, and voir dire. He is the 2001 winner of the Clarence Darrow award, which is given to Oklahoma's outstanding criminal defense lawyers, and the 2006 winner of the Patrick Williams award, which is given to the state's best public defender.
Wilson lives in Norman, has five children, and is single.