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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor
Public Defender

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois, Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote:
The Moral Arc Of The Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1946
Birth Location:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Law Professor
Public Defender

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lamb
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois, Washington, D.C.
Favorite Quote:
The Moral Arc Of The Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice.

Birthplace

Born:
11/26/1946
Birth Location:
Milwaukee
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Biography

Distinguished professor of law Randolph Noel Stone was born on November 26, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The eldest of seven children, Stone’s parents greatly emphasized the importance of education. After graduating from high school, Stone went on to attend Lincoln University in Pennsylvania where he received an academic scholarship.

Stone was drafted by the United States Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam. After the war, Stone returned and continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In 1972, he graduated with his B.A. degree, and inspired by the legal profession’s icons, Thurgood Marshall and Charles Houston Hamilton, Stone attended the University of Wisconsin earning his J.D. degree in 1975. After graduation, Stone received a Reginald Heber Community Law Fellowship and worked with the Neighborhood Legal Services in Washington, D.C. He then worked as a staff attorney and office director for the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County and later as a Clinical Fellow for the University of Chicago Law School before starting his own private practice with Stone & Clark. At that time, Stone was appointed to represent one of the defendants in the “Pontiac Seventeen” Case, then the largest capital murder case in U.S. history. All the defendants were acquitted after a lengthy jury trial.

Stone later served as staff attorney and deputy director for the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia and as an instructor at Harvard Law School before becoming the Public Defender of Cook County in Illinois in 1988. As the first African American Public Defender of Cook County, Stone was responsible for the management of a $30 million budget and the leadership of over 500 attorneys. In 1991, Stone was appointed as the director of the Mandel Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School where he created the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, providing law and social work students with the opportunity to engage in policy reform while defending children and young adults accused of criminal behavior. Stone continues to serve as a Clinical Professor of Law at the Law School. Stone was the first African American to Chair the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, an organization of over 9,000 criminal defense lawyers, prosecutors, judges, public defenders and other professionals concerned with criminal justice policy. He is a past president of the Illinois Board of Bar Admissions, a founding board member of First Defense Legal Aid (FDLA), the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and former board member of both the Cook County and Chicago Bar Associations. He currently serves on the board of Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC), the Sentencing Project, Inc. and on a variety of other advisory boards and committees. Stone has received a number of awards and writes and teaches about criminal and juvenile justice, race and crime, evidence, legal ethics and trial advocacy.

Stone lives in Chicago, Illinois, is married to Cheryl Bradley, has four children and continues to serve the general public through the profession of law.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about the U.S. military service of his maternal grandfather Jacob Hale
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers moving to an all-white neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Randolph Noel Stone describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls the impact of white flight on his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his home life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his parents' strict discipline
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his early educational experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls facing discrimination at the Robert M. LaFollette School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the racial demographics of his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls attending Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers segregation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about his college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his influences at Rufus King High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his early interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers being arrested in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his friends from Rufus King High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his music lessons
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls attending Calvary Baptist Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his train ride to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his first impressions of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about his first impressions of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers Professor Charles V. Hamilton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his economics course at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his social life at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the black fraternities at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls joining Lincoln University's choir
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his decision to leave Lincoln University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about the Revolutionary Action Movement at Lincoln University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls being drafted into the U.S. military
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his decision to go to Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his first impressions of Vietnam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his experiences during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers returning home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls the political climate of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1969
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his psychological state after the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his experience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his role with the Black People's Topographical Research Center
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his influences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about his first marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls enrolling in the University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about his favorite class at University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his involvement with the Black American Law Students Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his mentors in law school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his passion for public service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his early casework
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Randolph Noel Stone's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone describes the Neighborhood Legal Services program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his first court case
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about a eviction case
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls joining the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his first murder case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers his first murder case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone describes how his experience in Vietnam War influenced how he practiced law
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls transferring to the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County's Woodlawn office in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his position with the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the Hot Dog Stand Murders case at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the Hot Dog Stand Murders case at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls the verdict of the Hot Dog Stand Murders case
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone reflects upon his clients' acquittal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone describes the procedures of a clinical law firm
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about the social issues of the Hot Dog Stand Murders case
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls an armed robbery case at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Randolph Noel Stone reflects upon his time as a clinical fellow at the University of Chicago Law School
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the Pontiac 17 case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls the proceedings for the Pontiac 17 case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone describes the details of the Pontiac 17 case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the difficulties he faced during the Pontiac 17 case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls a self-defense case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls a self-defense case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about the emotional toll of a murder case
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his position at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls a case at the Public Defender Office for the District of Columbia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone describes a weapon possession case
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers the trial of a weapon possession case
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his decision to join the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his accomplishments at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his accomplishments at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his community involvement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his caseload at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Randolph Noel Stone remembers problems within the Cook County State's Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls returning to the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Randolph Noel Stone describes the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls a case for the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 12 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls a case for the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 13 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about his legal advocacy in South Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Randolph Noel Stone recalls his experiences in South Africa
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his intensive trial practice workshop at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Randolph Noel Stone reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Randolph Noel Stone reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Randolph Noel Stone talks about his family
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Randolph Noel Stone describes his future plans