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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno Lectures at Inaugural Speakers' Forum to Benefit FGCU Scholarships

FORT MYERS, FL - Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno is the inaugural speaker at the Florida Gulf Coast University Division of Social Work, Community Education Speakers' Forum 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 in the Student Union to benefit scholarships for students in the social work degree programs.

Reno, a Florida native and resident, served two terms during the Clinton administration as the first woman attorney general for the United States.

"This fundraiser will generate much needed scholarship funds for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Division of Social Work," director Pat Washington said.

"Students in the Division of Social Work provide an incredible number of professional internship hours in the five counties served by FGCU. Each undergraduate internship requires 500 hours and each masters' level internship requires 1,000 hours of service.

"Supporting this scholarship effort gives the community an opportunity to acknowledge the value of the service provided by these students to the community and strengthens their ties to the community after graduation. Most are local residents and many are first generation college students attempting to obtain a college education that will provide professional social service skills for the communities in which they live. I urge the community to support of this event and these students."

Prior to Reno's national tenure, she was state attorney for Dade County from 1978 to 1993 where she helped reform the juvenile justice system, pursued delinquent fathers for child support payments and established the Miami Drug Court.

Born in Miami, Reno attended Cornell University and holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Harvard Law School.

Reno's presentation at the Community Education Speakers' Forum will focus on community building, followed by a question and answer session, and reception. The FGCU Department of Social Work Advisory Board invited Reno to speak.

"Our fundraising committee developed a short list of potential speakers and Janet Reno was our first choice," Advisory Board president Bob Soter said. "We are thrilled that she graciously accepted our invitation."

Proceeds from the event benefit undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work program and graduate students in the Master of Social Work program, and support future presentations of the Community Education Speakers' Forum.

Tickets are $50 and $30 for adults, and $8 for students.

For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at (239) 590-7825.

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