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Trial Advocacy Program Faculty

Faculty for the Trial Advocacy Program are experienced litigators who bring of wealth of hard-won knowledge and insights to the classroom.

Gwen Roseman Stern

Professor Gwen Roseman SternThe Trial Advocacy Program is directed by the Director of Trial Advocacy and Professor of Law Gwen Roseman Stern, who is both an experienced litigator and a leader in promoting trial advocacy skills and community awareness of legal procedures. A former associate with the Philadelphia law firms Kline and Specter PC, White and Williams LLC, Professor Stern tried numerous medical malpractice cases. As an associate with Harvey, Pennington, Herting and Renneisen, she prepared pleadings, motions, legal briefs and discovery in medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and products liability cases and conducted depositions and arbitrations in defense of personal injury litigation. Professor Stern directs the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, which she brought to Philadelphia as a joint undertaking between the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania Law School to encourage city high-school students to learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution.

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 JD from Temple University, 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.

Faculty for the Trial Advocacy Program are experienced litigators who bring of wealth of hard-won knowledge and insights to the classroom.

Justin Bernstein

Justin BernsteinJustin Bernstein is Associate Director of Trial Advocacy and Assistant Professor of Law. Before joining the faculty in 2017, Professor Bernstein was an attorney for two AmLaw 100 law firms, O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Haynes & Boone LLP, in Orange County, California. He represented Fortune 500 companies, public-traded corporations, small businesses, and officers and directors in securities litigation, business disputes, employment litigation, internal investigations, and investigations by the SEC, FCC, and FINRA. His clients spanned multiple industries, including pharmaceutical, banking, automotive, financial services, real estate, technology, credit, and insurance.

Professor Bernstein has long maintained a passion for teaching and coaching trial advocacy. In 2014, he became the youngest person ever inducted into the American Mock Trial Association’s Coaches Hall of Fame. He has coached trial advocacy teams to national or world championships at the law school, collegiate, and high school levels. His law students have won and finished as runner-up at the prestigious Top Gun tournament; his undergraduate students at University of California, Irvine and New York University three times finished their seasons as the number one ranked teams in the United States.

Professor Bernstein is the former president of the American Mock Trial Association and a current member of its board of directors. He previously taught trial advocacy at the University of California, Irvine for nine years and developed its law school’s trial competition.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he earned his law degree from New York University School of Law.  At Berkeley he won three All-American Attorney Awards in trial advocacy competitions, and at NYU he won both school-wide closing argument competitions.


The Honorable Mark I. Bernstein

J.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Law
B.A., St. John's College

Judge Bernstein has has served as a judge of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania since April, 1987. Judge Bernstein is the author of the comprehensive commentary on Pennsylvania Evidence published by Gann Press. He is the recipient of the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice, Inc. Award and the Lawdragon Magazine "100 Best Judges in the United States." He has taught judges and lawyers across the U.S., including teaching at the National Judicial College. He designed the Philadelphia case management system, which brings all civil cases to trial within two years and has made the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas a model for state court case management.

Gaetano D'Andrea

​J.D., Widener University School of Law
B.A., Loyola University Maryland

Professor D'Andrea is an assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. There, he prosecutes homicide cases from preliminary hearings through trial. He has also litigated cases out of the charging unit and trial unit.

Brian Kent

LL.M., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.A., University of Delaware

Professor Kent is a partner at Laffey Bucci Kent, LLP where his practice focuses on construction accidents, medical malpractice and products liability. He received numerous accolades as a member of Temple University's National Trial Team. Professor Kent currently serves as chair of the American Ireland Fund - Young Leaders of Philadelphia and is on the board of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

Jeffrey Marc Lindy

J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.A., Cornell University

Professor Lindy is a well accomplished criminal defense attorney and complex commercial litigator. His firm represents companies and individuals under investigation for, or charged with, white collar crimes and in related civil and administrative litigation. Professor Lindy formerly served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where he prosecuted federal crimes including mail fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and narcotics trafficking. Prior to working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served as a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in New York.

Patricia A. McKinney

J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
B.A., West Chester University

Professor McKinney is a partner at McKinney & George, LLP where her practice focuses on complex capital homicides and appeals. She is a former Assistant Defender for the Defender Association of Philadelphia where she was a member of the Special Defense and Homicide Unit.