Stern is an attorney and mediator. He attended Brown
University and Harvard Law School in the 1960's. He trained as
a mediator at the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge.
Stern has practiced private, public-interest law for nearly fifty years. He specializes in labor, employment, union democracy
and workplace discrimination cases; cases concerning housing,
housing discrimination, tenant’s rights and tenants’
organizations; and personal injury and student’s rights.
he was a Clinical Law Teacher for the New England School of Law,
a Political Science Instructor at Wellesley College, and Director
of Housing, Education and Family Services for the Mayor's Office
of Human Rights of the City of Boston. He organized and acted
as Counsel for the Tenants First Coalition in the 1970's, and
has represented, among others, Local Unions of the United Electrical
Workers and Teamsters.
In 2019 he was awarded the first Champion of Justice Award by the Massachusetts Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He is a founding member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and a member of its International [Human Rights] Committee.
His current or recent activities have included working with the Massachusetts CAIR, and the Association for Union Democracy on litigation. He also serves on the Somerville Homeless Coalition Race Committee.
activities have included being on the Board of Directors of the
Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, working with
the Somerville Human Rights Commission, and being a member of
the Labor and Employment Committee of the National Lawyer’s
Guild. He also served on the Advisory Board for Massachusetts
Advocates for Children, Somerville Project, and the Workers’
Rights Advisory Board of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice.
He has contributed articles on issues of race and the
law to the Somerville Journal and the Massachusetts Lawyer’s
Weekly, and articles about his practice and cases have been featured
in both papers and the Boston Globe.