November 01, 2016

Attorney General Janet Reno

ABA President Linda A. Klein issued a statement Nov. 7 mourning the passing of Janet Reno, a longtime member of the ABA who was the first woman to be appointed U.S. attorney general. Reno, the longest-tenured attorney general of the 20th Century, served from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Klein noted that Reno was a valued contributor to the ABA, serving on several task forces, including the ABA Commission on Standards and Juvenile Justice, the Special Committee on Criminal Justice in a Free Society, and the Task Force on Minorities and the Justice System. She was honored with a special award at the Margaret Brent dinner in 1993 and received the D’Alemberte Raven Award for outstanding service in dispute resolution in 1997 and the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities in 2009. “Ms. Reno always fought for the rights of children in the legal system, pushing for juvenile justice reform and advocating for programs to assist troubled youths, directing them away from crime rather than incarceration them,” Klein said, adding that Reno “believed that lawyers should work beyond the adversarial system and work for the social good.”

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