Mark E. Steiner





Mark E. Steiner
Godwin PC Research Professor and Professor of Law

“Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant of your enemy and yourself, you are sure to be defeated in every battle."

—Sun-Tzu, The Art of War

The blues have much to do with the vision of the Constitution, primarily because you play the blues to rid yourself of the blues, just as the nature of democracy allows us to remove the blues of government. The blues is a music about human will and frailty, just as the brilliance of the Constitution that it recognizes grand human possibility with the same clarity that it does frailty."

—Stanley Crouch, "Blues to be Constitutional"

BA, The University of Texas
J.D., University of Houston Law Center
Ph.D., University of Houston


Phone: 713.646.2904

Office: 615T

Areas of expertise: American Legal History, Torts, Consumer Transactions, and Internet Legal Research


Mark E. Steiner teaches American Legal History, Consumer Transactions, Internet Legal Research, and Texas Pretrial Procedure. He has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2011, he taught in the Faculty of Law at the University of Latvia. In 2005, he taught at the College of Law at National Taiwan University. He also has taught at the University of Houston Law Center and William Mitchell College of Law. He is a former associate editor of the Lincoln Legal Papers.

Steiner 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. His articles about legal education and American legal history have appeared in such journals as the Marquette Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Journal of Legal Education, Wisconsin International Law Journal, and the Illinois Historical Journal. He frequently presents talks about Lincoln’s legal career before bar, civic, and academic groups.

Steiner is actively involved in efforts to assist immigrants on the path toward citizenship. He regularly participates in Citizenship and Immigration forums and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival workshops organized by NALEO Education Fund and Neighborhood Centers, Inc. He is chair of the Immigration Advisory Committee at Neighborhood Centers.

Steiner is a member of the council for the Consumer and Commercial Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and is the former chair of the Consumer Law Task Force of the Houston Bar Association.

Steiner is a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas and a member of the Houston Blues Society.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Representative Publications:

The Legal Profession, in A Companion to American Legal History (Blackwell 2013)

Abraham Lincoln and the Rule of Law Books, 93 Marquette Law Review 1283 (2010)

Abe, Esq.: A Docket that Reflects Then and Now, 95 ABA Journal 39 (Feb. 2009)

An Honest Calling, By Mark E. Steiner  

An Honest Calling:
The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln

By Mark E. Steiner

Northern Illinois University Press

Internet Resources:

Internet Legal Research

Internet Legal Resources in English
(Shandong University at Weihai, December 2006)

Internet Links for Lawyers

Internet Resources for Labor and Employment Lawyers

Web Resources for American Legal History

Class Materials:

Overview of the Texas Bar Exam

Asian Americans and the Law






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