Director of Trial Advocacy
Associate Teaching Professor
Gwen Stern’s expertise includes medical malpractice and product-liability law as well as promoting trial advocacy skills and community awareness of legal procedures. She has been a faculty member providing intensive trial advocacy training on both a local and national level for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Professor Stern directs the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which she brought to Philadelphia as a joint undertaking between Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania law schools to encourage city high-school students to learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution. This project culminates in a local and national constitutional law appellate advocacy competition for the high school students.
Previously, Professor Stern was an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law teaching both introduction and advanced trial advocacy. She also directed the trial training program for Temple LEAP (Law, Education, and Participation)’s Philadelphia High School Mock Trial Competition.
She earned her J.D. from Temple, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and named the best oral advocate in the I. Herman Stern Moot Court Competition.
After graduation, Professor Stern practiced with the Philadelphia law firms Kline and Specter PC and White and Williams LLC, where she tried numerous medical malpractice cases. She previously practiced with Daniels, Saltz, Mongeluzzi and Barrett and with Harvey, Pennington, Herting and Renneisen, where she worked on medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and products liability cases and conducted depositions and arbitrations in defense of personal injury litigation.
As a community leader, Professor Stern received the prestigious Philadelphia Bar Association’s F. Sean Peretta Service Award for providing innovative programs to the community. She also is a board member of the Nation Youth Justice Alliance.