CJJR Director Shay Bilchik recently wrote a piece on the Huffington Post honoring the career of former Attorney General Janet Reno. Read an excerpt below:
If you are lucky, you come across someone in your career who provides an “unforgettable interruption”—someone who teaches you, someone who guides you, someone who inspires you. In my career, and in the careers of so many others across the country, that person has been former United States Attorney General Janet Reno.
Reflecting on her career in public service, it is easy to see why Janet inspires so many people. From her legal education at Harvard University—where she was one of 16 female students in a class of more than 500—to her role as the first woman State Attorney for Miami (Dade County) and then the nation’s first female Attorney General, Janet has always been a trailblazer. Her career has been particularly influential for women lawyers, ranging from my own daughter, a successful attorney in Miami who views her as a role model, to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who has said that Janet Reno’s “calm and steady leadership of the Department of Justice helped to shape the public’s perception of women’s role in government and public service.”
On June 20, 2016, we launched an endowment at Georgetown University honoring Janet Reno. This initiative will allow us to celebrate Janet’s career as a lifelong child advocate, the first female attorney general, and a major force for positive change within the Justice Department through activities like a women’s leadership award and policy forums bearing her name. It has also given me, personally, a wonderful opportunity to hear from individuals around the country about what Janet means to them.[…]
Read the full piece here.