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April 29- Stetson Law professor receives Fulbright Scholarship to teach in China


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Gulfport, Fla. – Stetson Law Professor Steve Everhart, who helped Stetson become one of the top law schools in America in the field of trial advocacy, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in China for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Professor Everhart, who holds a bachelor of arts in Asian studies, will teach civil and criminal law and procedure, evidence, trial advocacy and dispute resolution to Chinese judges, lawyers and law professors.

“Senator Fulbright was a great man and a hero to me growing up, and to go to China on a scholarship bearing his name to help the United States and China forge a dispute resolution system that will enhance the economic and political ties between our countries is a huge honor for me,” Professor Everhart said.

“But I have never achieved anything in my life except in conjunction with the help of others, and I couldn’t have gotten this honor without the help of my family, friends, colleagues, staff and students at Stetson, and of course my colleagues and students around the world. This honor is mine today, but it is theirs tomorrow and forever,” he said.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Fulbright Scholars are selected on a highly competitive basis for their academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential. Among Fulbright Scholar alumni are Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court justices, and CEOs. Two other members of the Stetson law faculty have served as Fulbright Scholars in recent years. The late Dean W. Gary Vause served in China, and Professor Peter L. Fitzgerald is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

About Professor Steve Everhart

Professor Everhart has published articles dealing with civil and criminal trial advocacy and has won the Homer and Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship at Stetson.

Professor Everhart is former chair of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee of The Florida Bar (a committee that works directly with the Florida Supreme Court) and former chair of the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar

He is a former officer of many local civil and criminal trial bar associations. He has trained English barristers and Chinese judges, lawyers, law professors and students in this country. He also regularly trains law students and practicing lawyers around the nation in civil and criminal law, procedure and trial advocacy. Last summer he taught in Temple University James E. Beasely School of Law’s J.D. program and its China and graduate LL.M. advocacy programs.