B.A. (Yale), Ph.D., English (UC Berkeley), J.D. (Yale), member of the Washington, D.C. Bar. While in law school he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. After law school he clerked for Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced litigat...
B.A. (Yale), Ph.D., English (UC Berkeley), J.D. (Yale), member of the Washington, D.C. Bar. While in law school he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities. After law school he clerked for Ronald M. Gould on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, practiced litigation at Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C., and then served as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
Prof. Stern teaches in the areas of civil procedure, law and literature, legal history, and criminal law. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history. Current research topics include the adoption of the analytical method in the nineteenth century and its effects on modern legal reasoning and writing; the development of the "reasonable man" standard (and its precursors and analogues) since the eighteenth century; the history of the case method and the form of the case; and the history of authorship and copyright law. His research has been funded by SSHRC and the Foundation for Legal Research.
Prof. Stern is director of the Combined Degree Program in Law and English. In addition to his appointment on the Faculty of Law, he is also an Associate Member of the graduate faculty in the Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature, an affiliate member of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy and the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, and a member of the Advisory Board for the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property. Professor Stern also serves on the advisory board for the Jackman Humanities Institute and the steering committee of the Sexual Diversity Studies program, and is the faculty advisor for Out in Law, the law school's LGBTQ students' group. He organizes the Law and Humanities Workshop and is co-chair, with Markus Dubber, Angela Fernandez, and Karen Knop, of the Critical Analysis of Law Workshop.
In 2012 Prof. Stern was the recipient of the SLS Partnership Award, bestowed by the U of T Students' Law Society in recognition of faculty members who have shown a commitment to student-friendly initiatives and student advocacy.