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Vice President Joe Biden Announces Chicago Attorney Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Kareem Dale. (PRNewsFoto/R.J. Dale)CHICAGO, IL UNITED STATES

CHICAGO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Vice President Joe Biden has announced that Chicago Attorney Kareem Dale will serve as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama for Disability Policy.

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Biden made the announcement recently at a stop in Boise, Idaho, with Dale present, at a Special Olympics’ Healthy Athletes Event he attended as Presidential Delegation leader at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Dale, 35, who is partially blind, will have direct access to President Barack Obama in this role, and will be responsible for coordinating the Administration’s efforts to ensure that people with disabilities are on a level playing field with all Americans.

“I am indeed honored to be appointed to this very important post,” said Dale. “The Obama Administration is committed to programs designed to improve the livelihood of Americans with disabilities and special needs. As advisor to the Obama Administration, I will represent the voice of the disabled and recommend policy changes needed to make life better for those with disabilities in this country.”

A native of Chicago, Dale previously served as the National Disability Director for the Obama for America Campaign. He also served on the Arts Policy Committee and the Disability Policy Committee for then-Senator Obama.

Prior to being appointed Special Assistant for Disability Policy, Dale was founder and chief executive officer of The Dale Law Group (DLG) in Chicago, a firm that specialized in areas of personal injury, products liability, mass tort litigation, contract disputes and other general commercial litigation.

Dale spent eight years in the Litigation Department of Winston and Strawn, where he honed his litigation skills before he founded DLG in 2007.

Very active in community work and affairs, Dale served as chairman of the board of directors at Black Ensemble Theater for three and one-half years, and prior to that, served in various other roles at the theater, such as secretary and vice president. Under his direction as chairman, Black Ensemble secured a $6 million TIF from the City of Chicago to purchase the theater’s current building, located at 4440 N. Clark. Also under his chairman leadership, the theater began its $20 million capital campaign.

He has received several community recognition awards for his community work and many honors, among them:

    -- Featured in the 2006 Inaugural Edition of Who's Who in Black Chicago
    -- Honored in Ebony Magazine as one of the 30 Leaders of the Future
       Under 30

Dale received his bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated Cum Laude with a law degree and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May, 1999.