Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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JANET RENO (1938–)

Janet Reno has enjoyed a successful career as a lawyer in public service to her hometown community of south Florida and to her nation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she began her legal career in south Florida and worked in both private and public practice. While her national fame stems from her appointment to the post of attorney general of the United States, she will always be fondly remembered by south Floridians as a native daughter. Reno’s dominating presence and her often disheveled appearance combined with a gentle yet adamant voice of concern for this nation’s children has allowed her to capture the attention of the nation. Perhaps no other contemporary attorney general has enjoyed such recognition and popularity as Attorney General Janet Reno.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Janet Reno was born on July 21, 1938, to Jane Wood and Henry Ramissen. Tiring of having his name mispronounced, Ramissen changed his Danish surname to Reno (like Reno, Nevada).1 Janet is the eldest of four children. Her brother, Bob, is a columnist for Newsday; her sister, Maggie, is a county commissioner in central Florida; and her brother Mark, is a tugboat captain.

Janet’s father was a police reporter for the Miami Herald for more than 43 years, and it was through him that Janet received her earliest introduction to the law and legal system. Reno’s mother was an investigative reporter who married Henry at age 24. She was a strong-minded woman who was known for her powerful will, for her taste for alcohol, and for wrestling alligators.2 But Mother Reno could also don “white gloves and sip tea with the best of them,”3 as Janet recalls. Janet Reno comes “from a long line of memorable women.”4 According to Bob Reno, “Mother’s mother and Father’s mother were absolutely indomi-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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