CHICAGO — Jeffrey E. Stone, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the most prestigious legal associations in North America.
The induction ceremony at which Mr. Stone became a Fellow took place on October 19, 2002, before an audience of 1,200 persons during the recent Annual Meeting of the College held in New York City.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful review, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can even be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,200 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.
The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases and those who prosecute and defend those accused of crime. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Jeffrey E. Stone is a partner and member of the Management Committee in the firm of McDermott Will & Emery. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney and served for many years, in a pro bono capacity, as trial counsel to the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board. In that capacity, he led the investigation and prosecutions of Chief Justice James Heiple and Judge Oliver M. Spurlock. He has been practicing law in Chicago for 18 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Harvard Law School and Stanford University.