Harry S. Stern is the managing principal for Rains Lucia Stern, a law firm focused on civil litigation and criminal defense. Stern has successfully defended peace officers in a number of high-profile trials. He has also represented college and professional athletes, candidates for elected office and other prominent people in civil and criminal actions in both federal and state court. Prior to becoming an attorney, Stern was a police officer with the City of Berkeley and was a member of the Berkeley Police Association’s Board of Directors. He has also served on the University of California’s Civilian Police Review Board. Stern teaches classes and seminars on a range of topics related to police legal issues, and he is often interviewed on television, radio and in print media regarding law enforcement matters.
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Police are unfairly blamed for many of society’s ills, [Stern] said, and added that the public expects perfection from police.
Audio for a panel discussion on police officer safety and community policing.
“Violence always looks abhorrent on video without context. Thankfully, as humans we have a visceral reaction to violence,” said Harry Stern, a Berkeley, California, police officer-turned-attorney at Rains Lucia Stern, which represents officers throughout the state.