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CDEL Welcomes Michael Stone as Legal Director
The Center for Disability and Elder Law (CDEL) is proud to announce that Michael Stone has joined the organization as its new Legal Director. As Legal Director, Stone ensures the high quality of CDEL’s legal services, supervises the work of staff attorneys, interns and volunteer attorneys and manages the screening and placement of cases. Stone brings with him more than 20 years of experience in housing and real estate matters, property tax representations, policy and administrative issues and a variety of transactional matters.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michael and have him join the CDEL team,” said CDEL Executive Director Caroline Manley. “Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise having worked in the public sector and in private practice. He has been a senior leader and managed teams of attorneys and other professionals in the past. He is a great fit for our collegial and collaborative culture.”
Stone began his legal career at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP as an associate attorney in the firm’s corporate department. He later served as General Counsel for the Cook County Assessor’s Office and Chief Deputy Assessor of the Cook County Assessor. He has also served as Chief of Staff to the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Prior to joining CDEL, Stone was an attorney in private practice.
“I look forward to working with CDEL’s staff attorneys, partner organizations, pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students and paralegals” said Stone. “I believe deeply in CDEL’s mission and am excited to be a part of helping the organization succeed.”
Stone served as a Keystone Leader for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Preservation Compact, a MacArthur Foundation and Urban Land Institute led task force on preserving affordable housing. He was also a member of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Task Force on Property Tax Reform.
Stone is a graduate of Harvard University, where he earned his undergraduate degree as a double major in Government and Economics with cum laude distinction. He earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Chicago Law School.