MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—A fellowship from the American Bar Association is helping rising 3L Brian Bowen get important work experience this summer.
Bowen is a 2019 ABA Steiger Fellow in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General in Charleston. The $6,000 fellowship is awarded to just 37 law students nationally who are interested in consumer protection and public service.
“Receiving the Steiger Fellowship is particularly meaningful to me because I pursued a career in law to promote public understanding of consumer issues and to defend consumer rights,” said Bowen. “The attorney general takes on some of the most complicated and difficult consumer cases in West Virginia, and being exposed to these issues is allowing me to expand my skills, knowledge, and experience while I work with some of the most qualified people in the state.”
At WVU Law, Bowen is a member of the Public Interest Advocates and an inaugural fellow in the Center for Consumer Law and Education. He has also helped launch the student Consumer Law Group at WVU. Bowen has been a legal extern at Mountain State Justice and an intern at Mobilization for Justice in New York City.
A native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Bowen earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from WVU in 2016. Before attending law school, he was an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Fordham Law School Feerick Center for Social Justice.
About the Steiger Fellowship
The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project is named after the late Janet D. Steiger, a former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During her tenure from 1981-1989, Steiger greatly improved communication and strengthened partnerships between state and federal consumer protection and antitrust enforcement agencies. The Steiger Fellowship was created by the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law and the National Association of Attorneys General.