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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — South Floridians will hold a public memorial for former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno – the first woman in U.S. history to become the government’s top lawyer.

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Family members announced in a news release Friday that the memorial for the South Florida native would be held Dec. 11th at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College

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Reno died last week at age 78 from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which she had battled for more two decades.

She served as former President Bill Clinton’s attorney general for eight years and ran unsuccessfully for Florida governor in 2002. The Miami native died at her home on the edge of the Everglades surrounded by family and friends.

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