Edwin H. SternEdwin H. Stern joins Gibbons as Of Counsel upon completing his temporary assignment to the New Jersey Supreme Court from September 8, 2010 until his mandatory retirement in June 2011.
Mr. Stern began his judicial career in 1981 when he was appointed to the bench by then-Governor Brendan T. Byrne. He served in the Superior Court Law Division in Hudson County and Essex County before he was elevated to the Appellate Division in 1985. In 1998, Judge Stern became a presiding judge in the Appellate Division and then, in 2004 became the Presiding Judge for Administration of the Appellate Division.
Over the course of his judicial career, Judge Stern authored more than 3,000 opinions including more than 400 published opinions. He was on many Supreme Court committees including serving as the Judicial representative on the New Jersey Sentencing Commission and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law. He taught at the New Jersey Judicial College since 1974; gave the Weintraub lecture at Rutgers Law School - Newark in 2008; gave lectures at various law schools; and has written many articles including law review articles in the Rutgers Law School - Newark and Camden Law Reviews.
In the mid-1970s, Mr. Stern chaired the Supreme Court’s first Task Force on Juvenile Justice and was a member of the committee that drafted the present Rules of Evidence. From 1988 to 2011, he chaired the Criminal Practice Committee. On the national stage, Mr. Stern is a member of the Council of Chief Judges of Courts of Appeal (CCJSCA). He was chair of the CCJSCA Administration of Justice Committee and a member of its Executive Committee. He is a qualified mediator included on the roster of court-approved mediators in New Jersey. Mr. Stern is currently a member of the New Jersey Law Journal Editorial Board and the American Law Institute. He is also a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Stern was in private practice and served as First Assistant and Acting Prosecutor in Hudson County. He also served as Director of Criminal Practice and Assistant Director for Legal Services in the Administrative Office of the Courts and worked in the Department of Law and Public Safety, where he became Deputy Attorney General in charge of Appellate Litigation in the Division of Criminal Justice and was actively involved in the drafting and implementation of the Code of Criminal Justice (Title 2C).
EducationColumbia Law School (J.D., 1966)
Rutgers University (1963)
Phi Beta Kappa
Student Council President
President of the Honor Society
Professional AdmissionsState of New Jersey
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Professional ActivitiesFellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee
Publications"Appellate Judge Speaks On the Benefits of ADR," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, July/August 2012
"Frustrations of an Intermediate Appellate Judge (And the Benefits of Being One in New Jersey)," 60 Rutgers Law Review 971, Summer 2008
Quotes/InterviewsQuoted in NJ Ruling Helps Cos. Deflect Blame In Construction Suits, Law360, June 20, 2013
Speaking EngagementsSpeaker, New Jersey State Bar Association's Criminal Law Section, "Grand Jury Reform and Representing Targets before Grand Juries in New Jersey," March 12, 2014
Speaker, New Jersey State Bar Association, "Keynote Speaker" November 23, 2013
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "The Courts and Class Actions: A Look at Recent Opinions " Newark, NJ. September 11, 2013
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Understanding the Attorney Ethics and Discipline Structure in New Jersey," July 22, 2013
Speaker, New Jersey State Bar Association, "White Collar Crime, " Atlantic City, NJ. May 16, 2013
Speaker, St. Peter's University, "Attorney Ethics: What Clients Should Expect of Their Lawyers," April 18, 2013
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "How to Be an Effective Advocate in New Jersey Appellate Courts " Newark, NJ. April 15, 2013
Speaker, New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance, "The Unfinished Daubert Revolution: A Panel Discussion, " March 1, 2013
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Hot Topics In Litigation" Newark, NJ. October 2, 2012
Speaker, Gibbons Academy, "Hot Topics in Litigation, " Newark, NJ. June 6, 2012
Panelist, Gibbons Academy, "Is the Law Anti-Social?," Newark, NJ. May 9, 2012
Speaker, Gibbons P.C., "Hot Topics In Litigation" Newark, NJ. March 6, 2012
Judicial Clerkship(s)Law clerk to the Honorable Edward Gaulkin