Sunday, August 24, 2008
RENAME THE E.R. GRAHAM
She remains the finest prosecutor any of us will ever encounter. She inspired a generation of prosecutors and lawyers by giving them simple and heartfelt instructions: "go where the facts and evidence take you and do what's right." As a lawyer, State Attorney and Attorney General of the United States she always did her "level best" to do the job right. We are speaking of course of Janet Reno, and there is not even a bus stop in this town named after her. It's time to change that.
The State Attorneys' building is the E.R. Graham building, named, we think, after former Governor and Senator Bob Graham's father. The building was named the E.R Graham building when it housed a variety of state agencies, and the SAO's county court division. Now of course it is the office of the State Attorney for Dade County, and it is time to change its name to the Janet Reno building. It is the very least we can do to honor one of our own who continues to inspire us with her work with the Innocence Project, and whose words of advice and encouragement for lawyers to always do what's right no matter the political cost, ringing in our ears. She was the longest serving Cabinet Member of the Clinton administration and her simple and straight froward refusal to play politics did us proud.
Re-name the Graham Building the Janet Reno Building, and lets do it while Janet Reno can still enjoy the knowledge that we are all proud of her, and many of us owe our careers to her.
See You In Court.