The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of America


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Marquez Press LLC
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7.01 X 1.44 X 10.0 inches | 3.04 pounds

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About the Author

A grandson of Mexican immigrants, Ron Schuler was born and raised in greater Los Angeles. He graduated from Pomona College (cum laude) with a B.A. in English and from Cornell Law School. He has been practicing corporate, M&A, start-up, technology and securities law in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Schuler was a lead member of the City of Pittsburgh's legal team for the planning and construction of PNC Park, home to Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, and was the author of the Forbes Field II Task Force Final Report (1996), the urban planning justification for PNC Park's location. He served as the founding chairman of Pittsburgh's community-supported jazz radio station, WZUM-FM.


"Ron Schuler's THE STEEL BAR is a magnificent tour-de-force: It weaves together history, law and powerful story-telling to produce a dramatic, readable account of the people and unexpected forces that shaped our nation's legal system. This book belongs on the shelf of any serious student of law, history, and the role played by the bench and bar in forging America's remarkable destiny."

-- Ken Gormley, New York Times bestselling author and President, Duquesne University

"[A] thoroughly researched and easily readable account of an untold story. Schuler takes the microcosm of the Pittsburgh legal community ... to illustrate far broader social themes about the rule of law."

-- Harry Litman, ex-U.S. attorney, professor of constitutional law at UCLA and UC San Diego, Washington Post columnist, and the creator/executive producer of the podcast "Talking Feds"

"[T]he best and most engaging history of a city bar that I've read in many years. Far from being just another chronicle of a local profession, THE STEEL BAR shows how Pittsburgh lawyers played leading roles in the development of national politics, economic growth and social change. It's a great story written with verve, panache and wit that properly puts Pittsburgh at the center of the American narrative."

--Bernard J. Hibbitts, Publisher and editor of JURIST, professor at University of Pittsburgh Law School