Russell Baron grew up in Glenville before moving to Cleveland Heights. His father owned a haberdashery, a men's clothing store, where Baron worked during high school and college. Baron became a lawyer and worked in his father-in-law's practice before starting his own law practice. He was a member of the Cleveland Heights Board of Education and later, the Planning Commission. While in city governent, Baron worked to integrate the Cleveland Heights schools despite the protests of some residents. He became a substitute judge, a position he still holds at the time of this interview. Although Baron believes that his role in the Civil Rights Movement was insignificant, he is satisfied that he acted on deeply held beliefs and helped make Cleveland Heights a more equitable community.
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