Overview

Mr. Stern completed his temporary assignment to the New Jersey Supreme Court upon reaching mandatory retirement in June 2011. Before that, he was assigned to the Appellate Division of Superior Court, New Jersey’s intermediate appellate court, from September 1985 to September 2010 and served as the Appellate Division’s Presiding Judge for Administration from 2004 until his retirement. During his judicial career, Mr. Stern authored more than 3,600 written decisions and more than 400 published opinions. Leveraging his judicial experience, he now renders opinions for clients on various issues of concern; advises on such matters as the advisability of taking appeals from trial court and state administrative agency decisions; reviews briefs and papers filed in state and federal courts; and conducts moot courts for attorneys before they argue matters in court. He also conducts mediations and arbitrations and serves as a special hearing officer in attorney discipline cases. He is on the roster of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.

Mr. Stern presently serves as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which reviews disciplinary complaints against judges; the Civil Practice Committee, which recommends changes to the rules of civil and appellate practice and procedure governing the courts of the state of New Jersey; and the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Rules of Professional Responsibility. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal and is a frequent lecturer for New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

On the national stage, Mr. Stern remains a member of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal, of which he was a member of the Executive Committee before his Judicial retirement; an active elected member of the American Law Institute; a member of the American Bar Association; and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

FOCUS AREAS

Mr. Stern is on the list of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and the New Jersey court-approved mediators and conducts private and court-ordered mediations. He is also familiar with arbitrations and issues relating to arbitrability and review of arbitration decisions.

Mr. Stern has had a great interest in issues involving professional and judicial ethics and was on the Members’ Consultative Group of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers. He lectures on ethics for the Institute for Continuing Education and serves as a hearing officer on attorney ethics and disciplinary cases commenced by the New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics. Mr. Stern is also a member of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct, which reviews charges of misconduct against state and municipal court judges, conducts hearings, and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court concerning the discipline of the judges. He also serves on the Supreme Court Special Committee revising the Rules for Professional Conduct.

Based on his 27 years of experience as an appellate judge who conducted oral arguments and wrote opinions, Mr. Stern discusses, with litigants and counsel, the pros and cons of filing motions for leave to file appeals from interlocutory orders and appeals from final judgments of trial courts and state administrative agencies; the issues to be raised; and how to structure a brief and oral argument on appeal. He reviews and advises on the writing of briefs and reviews briefs written by counsel inside and outside Gibbons. He also conducts and participates in moot court arguments and helps attorneys prepare for arguments in trial and appellate courts.

Education

  • Columbia Law School (J.D.)
  • Rutgers University (B.A.)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Student Council President
    • President of the Honor Society

Professional Activities

American Arbitration Association
Roster of Neutrals

American Bar Foundation
Fellow

Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee

New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct

New Jersey Law Journal
Editorial Board

Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeals
Co-Host of Annual Conference, 2015

New Jersey State Bar Association
Task Force on Pro Bono Activities

New Jersey Judicial College
Faculty, 1974-2011

Legal Employment

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Stern was in private practice and served as First Assistant and Acting Prosecutor of 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).

Professional Admissions

  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Judicial Clerkship(s)

Law clerk to the Honorable Edward Gaulkin, New Jersey Appellate Division

Publications & Features

HONORS & AWARDS

Listed in Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation

Recipient, the Honorable Lawrence A. Whipple Memorial Award from the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, May 2014

Fellow, American Bar Association, 2013

New Jersey State Bar Association, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Award for Judicial Administration, 2011

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