It is with great sadness that we share the news that former Attorney General Janet Reno passed away yesterday after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. I had the privilege of working with Janet for more than 20 years, first in Miami-Dade County at the State Attorney’s Office, and later at the U.S. Department of Justice. As I chronicled in a tribute to her in August, Janet has had an indelible impact on my career and life, and I will miss her greatly.
As many of you know, in June 2016, CJJR at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy launched the Janet Reno Endowment to honor the achievements and contributions of the country’s first woman Attorney General. What you may not know, however, is that we have been working for years in partnership with Janet and her family to develop this effort. It gives me great pleasure to know that Janet was able to see the Endowment come to fruition and that her family, including her sister Maggy Hurchalla, will be able to see it grow in the years to come. In lieu of flowers, Maggy requests that gifts be made to the Endowment.
As we reflect on Janet’s legacy and celebrate her life, we wanted to share with you again a video we commissioned that highlights her distinguished career and the role she played as “The People’s Lawyer.”