Herb? ( * ) He’s in the Rocky Mountain News!
By Peter Lattman
The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The Rocky Mountain News ran a big 2,000-odd word profile over
the weekend on Herbert Stern, the former federal judge and U.S.
Attorney in New Jersey defending former Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio,
who is expected to go on trial in March on charges of insider
We were thrilled that the News reported on an exchange that the
Law Blog had last summer with Stern, who served as a federal
judge from 1974 to 1987. After noting that Stern’s secretary
still answered the phone “Judge Stern,” we asked him why he
still used that title some two decades after stepping down from
the bench. Stern interrupted us: “Let me ease your pain. You
can call me Herb and we’ll get along just fine. OK? I gotta
After leaving the judiciary, Stern spurned offers from Big Law
to join a small New Jersey firm now called Stern & Kilcullen.
He’s also representing Steven Schulman, a former partner at
Milberg Weiss who is charged with conspiring to provide
kickbacks to clients. In 2005, he was also appointed to monitor
the finances of the University of Dentistry and Medicine of New
Jersey after the school agreed to an arrangement to avoid
criminal prosecution for Medicaid fraud.
Will Stern’s background as an East Coast prosecutor and federal
judge play well in the Mile High City? It’s unclear, says the
News. Judge Edward Nottingham keeps tight rein over his court
room; and the story notes — though we’re not exactly sure what
it means — that Nottingham is the only Colorado federal judge to
wear a blue rather than black robe.
( * ) Sorry for the horrible headline. We couldn’t resist a
reference to one of the more (or was it less?) memorable
advertising campaigns of our youth.
- Judge Stern also presided over the only case ever tried
before the United States District Court of Berlin, producing a
fascinating opinion, and later a book by Judge Stern, off of
which a movie is based.
Comment by Adam B. - January 16, 2007 at 3:20 pm
- Judge Nottingham is “affectionately” known as “the Sheriff”
and is fondly known for his 6:00 am status conferences when he
wants counsel (particularly those from out of town) to be aware
he has an issue.
Comment by RMF - January 16, 2007 at 4:15 pm
- I would hate, and I do mean hate, to go against this guy in
Comment by DOJ is in trouble - January 17, 2007 at 12:59 am