Burning of the ‘E’ kicks off Trooper Homecoming
Congratulations to the 2019 Honored Ex Steve Foster, class of 1984.
While a student at Eastwood High School, Foster excelled academically and athletically. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Semifinalist and was awarded the most scholarships in his graduating class. Athletically, Steve was a starting running back for the Troopers. His class went undefeated their freshman year and were 17-1 after their sophomore year. Steve helped Eastwood become varsity district champs his junior and senior year. During Steve's senior year he led the district in rushing yards and was All-District & All-City running back as the Troopers were Bi-District champs as well. Steve also played basketball, baseball and ran track. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and service clubs Anehta Sesea and Y Club.
Steve went to Princeton University on scholarship where he was a two-year starter and played alongside Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. He obtained a degree in Economics and belongs to the University Cottage Club eating club at Princeton.
Steve has an appreciation for government service and held staff positions on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for two Members of Congress. The first being on the original staff of U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Texas Congressman Greg Laughlin. As an attorney, Laughlin encouraged Steve to attend law school after working 3 1/2 years on The Hill.
Steve attended the University of Nebraska College of Law (UNL) on scholarship where he served as a first-year class representative and vice president of the law school for the Student Bar Association. He also served as an Executive Lt. Governor for the 8th Circuit's American Bar Association's Law Student Division. While attending UNL College of Law, Steve was a graduate assistant with the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team also. He helped recruit student athletes and coach during this time as the team won 3 conference championships and a national championship when he graduated in 1994.
After passing the Texas bar exam, Steve began his second career in government as an attorney for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts from 1995-1997. He then served as an administrative law judge (ALJ) for the Texas Board of Private Investigators & Private Security Agency. Subsequently, Steve went to work for the Office of Attorney General's Intergovernmental Relations Division and was asked while there to work in the Texas Senate as committee director/general counsel. He held this position for the committees on jurisprudence, criminal justice and natural resources. The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) board voted Steve onto its board during this time and he served two terms helping to create and lead the Law Student Outreach Committee to build a connection between Texas law schools and the organization to help law school students before they graduate. Steve also worked as a lawyer/lobbyist for a law firm and was again sought for public service by the Governor's Office to be general counsel for the Texas Youth Commission when it was in conservatorship. This led to Steve being nominated as a finalist for Austin's 40 under 40 in the legislative category. After successfully leading the agency out of conservatorship, he started his own private practice and also currently serves part-time as general counsel for a non-profit microlender, BiGAUSTIN.
Steve's love of sports led him to finding an opportunity to begin a sports media and broadcasting career in 2003 as he continues to practice law. After 15 years of high school radio broadcasting, Steve now has a weekly sports talk show on ESPN San Antonio called Laying Down The Law which airs live Sundays 9AM-Noon Central. His show has allowed him to cover Super Bowls, Final Fours, the Kentucky Derby, college football bowl games and numerous other sporting events. Steve has been part of professional football broadcasts as he was part of the first live professional football broadcast on Bleacher Report Live and the broadcast crew of the AAF's San Antonio Commanders earlier in the year prior to the league folding. Currently, ESPN3 and ESPN+ is where Steve broadcasts college football games which gives him expertise on the high school, college and professional levels.
Charitable organizations and volunteer opportunities are a passion for Steve as well. Steve has volunteered for Rodeo Austin, been a committee and board member for the Valero Alamo Bowl and presently is on the Austin Regional Board of Trustees for Make-A-Wish of Central and South Texas. Steve is a founding member of the Capitol of Texas Rotary Club which meets in the capitol and helped start the Capital of Texas Nebraskans alumni association in Austin. Steve's cohosts from Laying Down The Law have been a part of Make-A-Wish and his second charity the Children's Tumor Foundation (Cupid's Undie Run). To date, Steve has raised close to $200,000 for charitable organizations.
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