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FLASHBACK: Janet Reno speaks at U of L law school in 2002

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EDITOR'S NOTE: With the passing of former Attorney General Janet Reno, early Monday, WDRB News has reached into the archives to find this story covering her visit to Louisville on Feb. 4, 2002. That story is reprinted below -- and included in the video player above. Reno died early today at her Miami-area home from complications of Parkinson's disease. She was 78. 

FEBRUARY 4, 2002:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former attorney general Janet Reno accepted an award from the University of Louisville law school last night.

During her visit, she joked about fainting during a speech last week, but then turned to a more serious note.

Janet Reno accepted University of Louisville Law School's Louis Brandeis award named for the late Supreme Court justice. She knew the appearance would be closely watched, since it is her first since collapsing on stage in Rochester, New York, last week.

"It comes with fainting in public and having it rolled over and over again," Reno joked later. "But I wouldn’t have missed it for all the money that anybody would pay me – because the rewards are so extraordinary."

Janet Reno served as Bill Clinton's attorney general for eight years. She's now running for the Democratic nomination for Florida governor.

But hers wasn't a campaign speech for this crowd. It was a pep talk for attorneys to break out of deeply entrenched tradition and become advocates for the neediest in society -- particularly families with young children.

"But lawyers can't stand silently by as every time people focus on the issue, they agree that something is wrong with a nation that pays its football players in the seven and eight digits and pays schoolteachers what we pay them," she told the crowd.

Copyright 2002 by WDRB News. All rights reserved. Story is reprinted here.

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