The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers Forging America from the Frontier to the Future
The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers Forging America from the Frontier to the Future will address the history of lawyering in Pittsburgh and surrounding area from colonial times to the present, highlighting the multiple roles Pittsburgh lawyers have played in the shaping of American law and society. It presents a unique opportunity for local and national scholars and legal professionals to assess the largely unexplored and underappreciated role of a major legal community in the American heartland to larger regional and national trends over a span of more than two centuries.
The event itself, without CLE Credit, is free. CLE, it’s worth five hours over two sessions – 2.5 hours in the morning and 2.5 for the afternoon, 5 total. The charge is $25 per party per session (morning session and afternoon session), for a total program fee of $50, for all parties seeking CLE credits.
The fee for lunch will be $10. Make checks payable to the University of Pittsburgh.
Overview of the 2012 Symposium
Morning Session – Approx. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Morning Keynote Speaker – 9: 15 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Legal Professionalism and Local Roots
Speaker: Professor Wesley Pue (UBC)
- Panel I – 10:10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Beginnings and Settings
Panelists: Professor Bernard J. Hibbitts (Pitt Law) & Ron Schuler (Spilman Thomas & Battle)
- Panel II – 11 a.m. to noon
Lawyers in Pittsburgh Commerce, Energy and Industry
Panelists: Professor William Brice (Pitt Johnstown), Ron Schuler
Lunch 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Lunch to be provided by the University Club
Innovation and Pittsburgh Lawyering
Speaker: Justine Kasznica (Pitt Law Innovation Practice Institute)
Afternoon Session –1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Panel III – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Legal Education in Pittsburgh
Panelists: Professor Bernard J. Hibbitts & Joel Fishman (Assistant Director for Lawyer Services, Duquesne University Center for Legal Information/ Allegheny County Law Library)
- Panel IV – 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Living Lawyers History (1940-1990)
Panelists: Roz Litman (The Litman Law Firm), Dave Fawcett (Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.), Stan Wettick (Judge, Court of Common Pleas Allegheny County), Wendell Freeland
Moderator: Ron Schuler
- Afternoon Keynote Speaker – 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Dawning of a New Era: Law, Lawyers and Legal Education
Speaker: Peter Kalis, Global Chairman of K&L Gates