April 9-22, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 7
Back Issues
Pituitary Center brings life-changing treatment to thousands
Student health insurance plan
Headlines @ U.Va.
U.Va. marks the 261st birthday of its founder — Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals in Architecture an Law
Aerospace institute becoming a reality in Hampton
Online applications aid admissions process
Fatton: No ray of hope for native Haiti
Grossman enters new world of responsibility
Women’s Center to honor Arizona’s trailblazing Gov. Janet Napolitano
Artist explores DNA and difference in
‘ Jefferson Suites’
Nobel Prize-winning poet
Seamus Heaney to read April 19
Roaming Rome, Wylie focuses on material and light
Women’s Center to honor Arizona’s trailblazing Gov. Janet Napolitano
2004 Distinguished Alumna
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano visits an Arizona elementary school’s all-day kindergarten program March 24.

Staff Report

In 2003, Janet Napolitano, a 1983 U.Va. Law School graduate, became the 21st governor of Arizona and the first woman to succeed another woman as any state’s governor. In recognition of her accomplishments in law and public service, the University of Virginia Women’s Center will honor Napolitano with its 2004 Distinguished Alumna Award on April 21.

After graduating from Santa Clara University, where she won a prestigious Truman Scholarship, Napolitano attended the U.Va. School of Law. During that time, she held a Dillard Fellowship, a student-mentoring program that focuses on legal research and writing, and was elected to the Raven Society, the University’s honor society for academic achievement and service to U.Va.

Early in her legal career, she successfully argued before the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that churches should be protected from governmental searches, in the now-famous sanctuary case. She also served on the team that represented Anita Hill in the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

Napolitano became the U.S. attorney for the district of Arizona in 1993, and in 1998, was elected attorney general of the state. As attorney general, she was a fierce protector of children and a tireless advocate for women, senior citizens and the environment. She created the first Office for Women as part of the attorney general’s office, making issues affecting women a top priority.

In 2002, Napolitano entered Arizona’s gubernatorial race, campaigning on a plan to eliminate the state’s $1 billion budget deficit, stimulate the economy and save Arizona’s deteriorating public schools. She won the election with the support of a broad coalition of voters, building a bipartisan base as a Democrat in a strong Republican state.

Napolitano’s public lecture on “Closing the Leadership Gap: The Necessity for Women in Leadership Positions,” to be held April 21 at 4:15 p.m. in the Law School’s Caplin Auditorium, is part of the Women’s Center series on “Virginia 2020: Innovations in Public Service.” There will be a reception following her talk.


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