Randolph N. Stone

Randolph N. Stone

Clinical Professor of Law

Randolph Stone directs the Criminal & Juvenile Justice Project Clinic, which offers law and social work students the supervised opportunity to provide quality representation to children and adults. He was the Director of the Mandel Clinic from 1991 to 2001 and previously served as the Public Defender of Cook County where he was responsible for management of a $32M budget and leadership for a 750 person law office.

He has also served as deputy director for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, partner in the Chicago firm of Stone & Clark, attorney with the Criminal Defense Consortium of Cook County, and as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow for the Neighborhood Legal Service Program in Washington, DC.

Stone is a past chair of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. He serves on several boards and committees including Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., the Federal Defender Program, and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. In addition to clinical legal education, his teaching and writing interests have included criminal law, juvenile justice, the legal profession, indigent defense, race and criminal justice, evidence, and trial advocacy.

Stone attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his JD from the University of Wisconsin.


University of Wisconsin Law School
JD, 1975

  • Legal Writing Instructor
  • Criminal Law Teaching Assistant
  • President, Black Law Students Association
  • Student Attorney, Ordinance Defense Project

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Urban Affairs, 1972

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA in political science, 1972

Lincoln University Pennsylvania


The University of Chicago Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, 1991-present
Director of the Clinic, 1991-2001
Lecturer in Law, 1990-1991
Clinical Fellow, 1977-1980

Harvard Law School
Lecturer on Law, Trial Advocacy Workshop, 1990-1993
Instructor, 1985-1988

IIT - Chicago-Kent College of Law
Adjunct Professor, 1990-1991

Cook County Public Defender's Office
Public Defender, 1988-1991

  • Responsible for leadership, administration and management of $32M budget in 750 person law office.

Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Staff Attorney and Deputy Director, 1983-1988

Stone & Clark Chicago IL
Partner, 1980-1983

Criminal Defense Consotium of Cook County, Inc.
Staff Attorney, 1976 - 1978

Neighborhood Legal Services Program Washington, D.C.
Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow, 1975-1976

Books (Editor)

  • Crime Control and Social Justice: The Delicate Balance Crime Control and Social Justice: The Delicate Balance. (Greenwood Press, 2003) (edited with Darnell F. Hawkins & Samuel F. Myers). cu

Journal Articles

  • "Mass Incarceration: Perspectives on U.S. Imprisonment," 7 University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 91 (2000). cu
  • "Atticus Finch, In Context," 97 Michigan Law Review 1378 (1999). cu
  • "On the Road to Justice," 9 Criminal Justice [ii] (1994). cu
  • "Juvenile Justice: A Dream Deferred," 8 Criminal Justice [i] (1994). cu
  • "Crime Bill Blues," 9 Criminal Justice ii (1994). cu
  • "A Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System," 8 Criminal Justice i (1993) (Reprinted in the Chicago Defender). cu
  • "The Role of State Funded Programs in Legal Representation of Indigent Defendants in Criminal Cases," 17 American Journal of Trial Advocacy 1 (1993). cu
  • "The Criminal Justice System: Unfair and Ineffective," 1993 Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy 2 (1993). cu
  • "The Killing of Charles Walker: Racial Bias and the Death Sentence," 7 Criminal Justice 22 (1992). cu
  • "The Cook County Public Defender's Office: 60 Years of Service," 5 CBA Record 30 (1991). cu
  • "Crisis in the Criminal Justice System The Socio-Economic Struggle for Equality," 8 Harvard Blackletter Journal 33 (1991). cu
  • "Race, Sentencing, and Criminal Justice," 13 NLADA Cornerstone 8 (1991). cu
  • "Book Review (reviewing Charles E. Silberman, Criminal Violence, Criminal Justice (1978))," 70 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 590 (1979). cu

Book Sections

  • "Defense," in The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice: A Lawyer's Handbook (American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, 2004). cu
  • "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Responding to the Judge or Supervisor Demanding Unethical Representation," in Ethical Problems Facing the Criminal Defense Lawyer: Practical Answers to Tough Questions, Rodney J. Uphoff ed. (American Bar Association, 1995). cu
  • "The Criminal Justice System: Unfair and Ineffective," in Crime, Communities and Public Policy, Lawrence B. Joseph ed. (The University of Chicago Center for Urban Research and Policy Studies, 1995). cu
  • "The Struggle Continues at Home and Abroad," in Collateral Damage: The New World Order at Home and Abroad, Cynthia Peters ed. (South End Press, 1992). cu

Other Publications

  • "Prison Remains a Shallow Solution," Chicago Tribune, April 30, 2017 (with Maya Powe). www
  • "Collateral Fallout from Stop-and-Frisk," Chicago Tribune, March 6, 2013, at p. C 21. www
  • "Burge Investigation Needs Ratcheting Up," Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2003 (with Locke Bowman). www
  • "Cop Brutality Probe Must Be Thorough, Fair," Chicago Sun-Times, May 16, 2002 (with Locke Bowman).
  • "Capital Punishment in the United States: A Forum on Death-Penalty Issues," Fathom, 2000 (with Brooke A. Masters & William A. Schabas & James S. Liebman ). www
  • "Race, Sentencing, and Criminal Justice," Advocate, April 1992.
  • "Public Service and Justice," Gargoyle, University of Wisconsin Law School Forum, Winter 1992.
  • "Public Service and Justice, The Gargoyle, Convocation Remarks," University of Wisconsin Law School Forum, Winter 1992.
  • "The Mission of the Public Defender," National Bar Association Magazine, April 1991.
  • "PD Urges Independence," Chicago Lawyer, February 1991 (guest editorial).
  • "Poverty, Education, and the Crisis in Criminal Justice," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 14, 1990 (with Barry Weisberg).
  • "The War on Drugs: The Wrong Enemy and the Wrong Battlefield," National Bar Association Magazine, December 1989.

"Legal Aid Contracting Lessons from North America," Legal Action Group, October 1997

American Justice with Bill Curtis (A&E)

Good Morning America (CBS)

CNN, Chicago Tonight with John Calloway

The Today Show (NBC)

WVON Radio with Cliff Kelley

MacNeil/Leher News Hour (PBS)

Mara Tapp Show (WBEZ Public Radio)

WHPE Radio

"Racism and the Criminal Justice System," National Public Radio with Nina Totenberg

NBC Nightly News

"The War on Drugs," Listening to America with Bill Moyers 

Oprah Winfrey Show

ACLU's You Have the Right (Cable Access WFLD)

Tony Brown's Journal (PBS)

Chicago Reporter series (WNUA).

Roundtable and Legal Forum symposiums, University of Chicago Law School

Bigelow Moot Court program, University of Chicago Law School

Street Law Project, University of Chicago Law School

Black Law Students Association, University of Chicago Law School

Public Service Week, University of Chicago Law School

Public World of the Child workshop supported by the School of Social Service Administration at University of Chicago

Women's Board of the University of Chicago

Mellon Foundation Literacy Program of the Office of University-School Relations

Know Your Chicago program

University of Chicago Community Service Center

University of Chicago Episcopal Center

Chicago Theological Seminary

Forum discussion on death penalty issues, Columbia University (featured on fathom.com, a consortium of select universities and museums)

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Supreme Court Board of Bar Admissions
  • Governor's Commission to Rewrite the Illinois Criminal Code
  • Illinois Supreme Court's Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee Panel
  • Steering committee, American Association of Law Schools Equal Justice Colloquia
  • AALS Clinical Education Executive Committee
  • Criminal Justice Working Group of the Washington D.C. International Human Rights Law Group
  • Bar admissions, Illinois (1977), Wisconsin (1975), and District of Columbia (1975)

Awards and Honors

  • William R. Ming Award, Cook County Bar Association (June 1999)
  • Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Civil Rights Award, Anti-Defamation League (April 1996)
  • Cornelius F. Stradford Award (February 1993)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin Black Law Students Association (October 1992)
  • Thurgood Marshall Award, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Black Law Students Association (April 1992)
  • Bill of Rights Bicentennial Award, Independent Voters of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization (January 1992)
  • Commitment to Justice Award, Chicago Council of Lawyers (June 1991)
  • Monarch Award in Law, Xi Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (November 1990)
  • Outstanding African-American Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin African-American Alumni Association (October 1990)
  • Fred Hampton Image Award (December 1989)
  • Award of Excellence and Meritorious Service, Illinois Public Defender Association (1989 and 1991)
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, The John Marshall Law School Black Law Students Association (April 21 1989)
  • Ida Platt Award, Cook County Bar Association (June 1988)
  • William R. Ming Award, Cook County Bar Association (June 1981)
  • Alumni of the Year Award, University of Wisconsin Law School Legal Education Opportunities Program (April 1981)
  • Law Student of the Year, NAACP Madison, Wisconsin Chapter (1975)


  • Appointments Committee
  • Clinical Education Committee 
  • Clinic Governing Committee
  • Disciplinary Committee
  • Public Service Committee
  • Faculty advisor, undergraduate chapter of the ACLU
  • Coordinating Committee for Minority Issues
  • Human Subjects Committee of the School of Social Services Administration
  • Institutional Review Board, Social Sciences Division
  • University Working Group for Volunteerism and Community Service
  • Drafted, United States Army, Vietnam veteran (1967-1969)

Other Activities

  • Member, Executive Session on Public Defense (1999-2001)
  • Speaker, Loop Luncheon Series; alumni reunion meetings; Visiting Committee
  • Committee member, Senate Judiciary Committee review of the qualifications of U.S. Supreme Court nominees Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer
  • Attendee, UN World Conference on Racism