In the Loop Guests

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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, D.C.

Stone is a past chair of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. He serves on several boards and committees including the 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.  He is also a Vietnam Veteran.


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John Fritchey is completing his first term as a Commissioner on the Cook County Board, having been elected in 2010. Prior to that, John was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of 32. Born on an Air Force base in Louisiana, John attended both grammar and high school in Chicago, then received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, then a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University Law School.  Following law school, John began his public service work as an Illinois Assistant Attorney General, representing Illinois in both state and federal courts.

In his 14 years as a State Representative, John was an unwavering reform leader and served as the Chairman of the House Civil Judiciary Committee and Consumer Protection Committee as well as a member of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. 

As a Commissioner, John has worked on bail bond reform, violence prevention, addressing the mental health crisis in Cook County and reforming the antiquated, paper-based criminal justice system and moving toward an integrated, automated information system that is more cost effective and better protects public safety.

Currently, Commissioner Fritchey serves as the Chairman of the Technology Committee, and acts as the Vice-Chair of both the Litigation Committee, and Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  John is also a member of the Finance, Criminal Justice, Workers’ Compensation, Health & Hospitals, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Roads & Bridges and Zoning & Building committees.


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Ali Abid is a staff attorney and criminal justice policy analyst at the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, a research policy organization aimed at improving court processes. Before joining Appleseed, Ali was a George N. Leighton Fellow, teaching and researching on Prisoners' Rights and Mass Incarceration and Race at the John Marshall Law School. He has published papers on Restorative Justice, Mass Incarceration, and International Human Rights. 

Ali earned his Law Degree at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago; while there he started the Constitutional Law in the Classroom program, where he and other other law student volunteers taught civil rights at elementary school and high schools in Chicago's South and West sides.