Michael J. Rooney graduated from Illinois State University in 1971 and from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1976. Between degrees, he served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1973. A member of the Illinois State Bar Association since 1976, he served multiple terms on the Real Estate Law Section Council, including as Chair in 1986 – 1987. He served as Executive Director of IICLE® from 2013 to 2020, having previously served on the Board of Directors between 1984 and 1993 and as Chairman of the Board in 1991 – 1992. Prior to his role as Executive Director of IICLE®, he spent over 30 years in the title insurance industry in Illinois and other states. In 2019, he was honored by the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation with its Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award. In 2021, he was honored by IICLE® with its Addis E. Hull Award for his years of contributions to IICLE® as a volunteer author, speaker, Director, and Board Chair. He is a Senior Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, having been elected in 1987, his first year of eligibility for membership.