“In its relations with the U.S. Supreme Court, the New Jersey court has quite consciously pursued an independent course. Although they have rarely challenged the court's authority directly, the justices in Trenton have declined to defer to its judgment and have exploited the leeway available to them to pursue their own constitutional vision.” Alan Tarr & Mary Cornelia Porter
Inspired by Justice Stein’s remarkable career on the New Jersey Supreme Court, the Stein Public Interest Center brings a depth of knowledge and experience to its appellate advocacy. Because of our reputation as one of the leading appellate practices in the state, public interest organizations routinely ask us to file friend-of-the-court briefs in a wide variety of cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, including those involving the criminal justice system and the rights of the criminally accused.
We strive to be involved in the most important criminal cases on the Supreme Court’s docket each term. Our work over the past several years includes successfully arguing to the New Jersey Supreme Court that the New Jersey Constitution does not permit police officers to order passengers out of automobiles as a matter of right unless there are “specific and articulable facts that would warrant heightened caution,” even though the United States Supreme Court came to a different conclusion when applying the United States Constitution.
In April 2021, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed with those arguments and issued a decision affirming the reversal of the defendants' manslaughter convictions. The decision bears significant implications for criminal defendants involved in accomplice crimes to safeguard their constitutional right to a fair trial and will guide the drafting of new model jury charges to eventually be implemented by courts statewide.
Amicus Brief on admissibility of cellphone video that rebutted detective's testimony and prosecutor's misconduct in making arguments that contradicted what the video depicts.
NJ Supreme Court opinion is favorable to protecting the rights of criminal defendants and preserving the function of the grand jury
NJ Supreme Court rules in favor of defendant on prosecutor's referring to witness in opening statement
Amicus brief in case regarding right of police officers to order passengers to exist vehicles during routine traffic stops
Appeal on behalf of inmate challenging strip search policy of federal prison
Amicus brief in case involving the admissibility of Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) evidence
News & Insights
- Pashman Stein Represents Amicus Curiae ACDL-NJ in U.S. Supreme Court Victory Holding Application of New York’s “Opening the Door” Rule Violated Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation ClauseNews, 1.20.22
- Raymond M. Brown Authors Commentary in New Jersey Law Journal on Voices Not Heard at Judicial Conference on Jury SelectionNews, 11.18.21
- Denise Alvarez Quoted in New Jersey Monitor Article Regarding NJ Supreme Court Decision Reaffirming Right to Privacy in Secret Recordings of Phone Calls at Police StationsNews, 8.13.21
- CJ Griffin and Raymond M. Brown Quoted in Articles in Law360 and in New Jersey Law Journal Regarding "Monumental" NJ Supreme Court Ruling on Implicit Bias in Jury SelectionNews, July 17,2021
- News, 1.25.21