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Release: Oct. 5, 2001

EDITOR'S NOTE: A press conference for Reno will take place from 3:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in the law school Faculty Lounge, Fourth Floor of the Boyd Law Building. Only working journalists will be allowed to attend.

Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno visits UI College of Law

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will give a public lecture at the University of Iowa College of Law on Thursday, Oct. 11 as part of this year’s Richard S. Levitt Family Distinguished Lecture Series.

Reno's entitled lecture, "The Legal Profession as Problem Solvers and Peacemakers," will be at 4 p.m. in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As the nation's first female attorney general, Reno headed the world's largest law office -- 125,00 employees -- for nearly eight years. In this capacity she was responsible for the enforcement of federal laws and for defending the government in court. During her watch, crime was dramatically reduced across the nation.

Appointed in 1993 by former President Clinton, Reno's tenure as attorney general was the longest served by any one person since before the Civil War. She promotes lawyers as problem solvers and believes a good lawyer has a duty to assist the client in maintaining continuing, positive relationships. During her appointment as attorney general, she established a dispute resolution program at the U.S. Department of Justice that emphasized consensual resolution based on negotiation, and where appropriate, the use of mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. Her choice of topic for the Levitt Lecture carries forward her abiding interest in promoting effective dispute resolution techniques.

A South Florida native, Reno graduated from Coral Gables High School, Cornell University, and Harvard Law School. Prior to her appointment as attorney general, she served for 15 years as the state attorney for Dade County (Florida). She is regularly involved with issues important to her, including advocacy for children, law enforcement, and elder justice. She lives in South Florida, and last September, announced herself as a Democratic candidate for that state's 2002 gubernatorial race.

The Richard S. Levitt Family Distinguished Lectureship was created in 1995 through a generous endowment gift from the Levitt family to the Iowa Law School Foundation. The purpose of the Levitt Lectures is to bring to the UI campus distinguished national and international figures in law and government to present timely lectures to students, faculty and alumni of the College of Law. Prior Levitt Lectures include U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, and four Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Abba Eban, John Hume, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.