Louise H. Renne '61 Honored by Peers


San Francisco, CA -- The Columbia Law School Association will host a reception, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association, in honor of Louise H. Renne '61, General Counsel, San Francisco Unified School District; Partner, Renne & Holtzman Public Law Group.  The reception will be held on Monday, August 11, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

Louise H. Renne '61 is being recognized by her peers for her contributions to the legal community.  Ms. Renne has had a long and distinguished career, and was the elected city attorney of the City and County of San Francisco from 1986 through 2001, when she chose not to seek a fifth term.    As city attorney, Ms. Renne became known among public sector lawyers nationally for redefining the traditionally defense-oriented role of the municipal lawyer by taking on a number of high profile plaintiff's suits. 

She broke new legal ground for cities and counties with pioneering consumer protection litigation targeting unfair and illegal business practices at tobacco companies, energy producers, banks, the California title insurance and escrow industry, and the manufacturers and distributors of handguns and assault weapons. 

From 1966-1977 she was a California deputy attorney general, serving in the environmental and criminal divisions, and arguing on behalf of the state before the California and United States Supreme Courts.  She was in private practice from 1964 - 1966 and was a staff attorney in the general counsel's office at the Federal Communications Commission from 1961 - 1964. 

Ms. Renne was raised in Pittsburgh, PA and attended college at Michigan State University.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Paul.  The couple has two daughters and three young grandsons.