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Judge Edwin H. Stern, Top Appellate Division Judge, to Deliver 26th Annual Weintraub Lecture

Lecture will discuss differences among intermediate appellate courts across the country

April 09, 2008 – 

The Honorable Edwin H. Stern, Presiding Judge for Administration, Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey, will deliver the 26th Annual Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub Lecture on Wednesday, April 16, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The lecture will begin at 6 pm. Judge Stern will present “Frustrations of an Intermediate Appellate Judge (and the Benefits of Being One in New Jersey).”

Among the subjects he will discuss are procedural, jurisdictional, and operational differences among intermediate appellate courts across the country; cases and literature on the role of an intermediate appellate judge; and issues and consequences resulting from an intermediate appellate judge’s limited scope of review. The frustrations will include the approach to appellate advocacy in intermediate appellate courts, as opposed to courts of last resort, by some attorneys.

Judge Stern, formerly presiding judge of one of the division’s eight parts, was appointed the division’s top administrative leader in 2004. He succeeded Judge Sylvia B. Pressler, a 1959 graduate of the law school and the 22nd Annual Weintraub Lecturer, upon her retirement. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1981 and assigned to the Appellate Division in 1985. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Stern was in private practice, served in the Hudson County prosecutor’s office, in the Administrative Office of the Courts, and in the Department of Law and Public Safety as a deputy attorney general.

Judge Stern is a graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia University Law School. He was a law secretary, now called legal clerk, to Appellate Division Judge Edward Gaulkin.

Who:  The Honorable Edwin H. Stern, Presiding Judge for Administration, Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey
What: 26th Annual Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub Lecture  on “Frustrations of an Intermediate Appellate Judge (and the Benefits of Being One in New Jersey)”
When: Reception: 5:30 pm; Lecture: 6 pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom (1st floor), Rutgers School of Law–Newark