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Professor of Law
Director, Mental Health Law Clinic Donald H. Stone
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1116

Administrative Assistant: Laurie Schnitzer
John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Room 1008


J.D., Temple University, 1977
B.A., Rutgers College, 1974

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Disability Law
Mental Health Law
Special Education Law

Stone joined the faculty in 1989 after serving for five years as the director of the University of Richmond School of Law's Youth Advocacy Clinic. In addition, he served as a staff attorney for the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Virginia Developmental Disabilities Protection and Advocacy Office, and was a counselor to the Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Stone has published law review articles in the areas of mental health law, child custody, school law, employment discrimination, and disability law in Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, University of Utah Journal of Law & Family Studies, University of Minnesota Law & Inequality Journal, Boston University Public Interest Law JournalKansas,St. John's and University of Richmond law reviews and in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy.

His public service has included membership on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Disability Law Center, Homeless Persons Representation Project, Maryland State Bar Association Section on Law and Education Committee, and working with the Office of the Public Defender of Maryland Mental Health Division. Stone is a member of the Maryland and Virginia bars.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

The Dangers of Psychotropic Medication for Mentally Ill Children: Where Is the Child’s Voice in Consenting to Medication? An Empirical Study, 23 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 121 (2013).

Confine Is Fine: Have the Non-Dangerous Mentally Ill Lost Their Right to Liberty? An Empirical Study to Unravel the Psychiatrist’s Crystal Ball, 20 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 323 (2012-2013).

The Disabled Lawyers Have Arrived, Are They Welcomed with Open Arms into the Legal Profession: An Empirical Study of the Disabled Lawyer, 27 Univ. of Minnesota Law and Inequality Journal (Winter 2009)

You Take My Space, I Take Your Air: An Empirical Study of Disabled Parking and Motor Vehicle Laws for Persons with Disabilities, 33 Ohio Northern University Law Review 665 (Summer 2007)

The Game of Pleasant Diversion: Can We Level the Playing Field for the Disabled Athlete and Maintain the National Pastime, in the Aftermath of PGA Tour, Inc. v Martin: An Empirical Study of the Disabled Athlete, 79 St Johns Law Review 377 (Spring, 2005)

Giving a Voice to the Silent Mentally-Ill Client: An Empirical Study of the Role of Counsel in the Civil Commitment Hearing, 70 University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review 603 (Spring, 2002)

What Law Schools Are Doing to Accommodate Students With Learning Disabilities , 42 S. Tex. L. Rev. 19 (Winter, 2000)

The Benefits of Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization: Myth or Reality , 9 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 25 (1999)

The Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Legal Education, Academic Modifications for Disabled Law Students: An Empirical Study , 44 U. Kan. L. Rev. 567 (1996)

Articles on Social Science Research Network