Reno Speaks at Colorado State University, Focuses on Public Service

Note to Editors: Media credentials for this event will be required: please RSVP to Dell Rae Moellenberg if you intend to attend. Credentials can be picked up at the event outside of the doors to the Main Ballroom or during the day at the University Relations Office. Janet Reno will not be available for individual interviews or for a media Q&A session. Photography and television cameras are limited to the first 10 minutes of her speech. Reporters are welcome to ask her questions during the public Q&A session following her address, but no cameras will be allowed.

Janet Reno, former attorney general of the United States, will speak at Colorado State University about the importance of and her lifelong commitment to public service. Reno will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. The event is open to the public.      Reno was appointed the 78th attorney general of the United States, and she served in that post from 1993 until the end of the Clinton administration in 2001, making her the longest-serving attorney general since the Civil War and a prominent figure during the Clinton administration.

One of the most influential and admired women of our time, Reno continues to be involved with issues important to her, including dispute resolution, advocacy for children and the elderly and law enforcement reform.

While in office, her top priorities were to reduce crime and violence by incarcerating serious, repeat offenders and finding alternative punishments for first-time, non-violent offenders; to keep children out of gangs and away from violence and drugs; enforce civil rights; and ensure that the Justice Department focused on diversity, integrity and professionalism.

She became the first woman to lead the nation’s largest law enforcement office of 125,000 employees. During her tenure, she revolutionized law enforcement by achieving conventional crime rate and drug-use reductions. As the chief law enforcement officer, Reno enforced policies on civil rights, race relations, corruption, the environment, gun control and immigration. She aimed to give ordinary citizens greater access to the justice system while also ensuring that the federal government consistently accorded strict principles of due process.

Reno also focused on the well-being of the nation’s children and pushed for reforms to provide assistance to troubled youths. She also increased the government’s information technology resources devoted to law enforcement and proposed additional Internet security by encouraging collaboration between companies and federal agencies.

Tickets for Colorado State University students are free; tickets for non-students are $5.50. Participants must have tickets to be admitted. Tickets are available at the Campus Box Office located on the main level of the Lory Student Center, which can be reached at (970) 491-4849.

This event is presented by the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. Co-sponsors include Campus Activities, Housing and Dining Services, Lory Student Center, Off-Campus Student Services and Resources for Adult Learners, Vice President of Student Affairs and Women’s Programs and Studies.