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South Texas College of Law Faculty Member
Receives Second Fulbright Award

May 3, 2010— For academics, receiving a Fulbright Award is a rare honor. A second Fulbright Award is rarer still. South Texas College of Law Professor Mark E. Steiner will use his second Fulbright Award opportunity to teach at the University of Latvia during spring 2011 school year. Selected by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Steiner will teach American Legal History and Comparative Consumer Law on the Faculty of Law.  In 2005, Steiner taught in Taiwan at the College of Law at National Taiwan University in Taipei as a Fulbright Scholar.

Recipients of Fulbright Awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Steiner is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-2011.

Steiner, who holds a Ph.D. in history as well as a law degree, is the author of An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, which was named among the “Best of the Best” for 2007 by the Association of American University Presses and given a superior achievement award by the Illinois Historical Society.  He regularly teaches consumer law, torts, and internet legal research. South Texas President and Dean Donald Guter says the awarding of a second Fulbright to any professor must be applauded. "This is a rare, but deserved, honor and we are proud to have Mark represent the quality of our law faculty abroad."

This award is the fourth such Fulbright honor received by members of the South Texas community since 2005.  Angela Ban received a Fulbright Junior Grant to Taiwan upon graduating from STCL in 2008.  While in Taiwan, Ban studied the legal aspects of preservation of traditional and cultural Taiwanese folk art.  Professor Katerina Lewinbuk served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to Mexico in 2007.  Lewinbuk taught a survey of U.S. business law at Facultad Libre de Derecho de  Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico.



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