Volume 4: Featuring Louise Renne, Civil Rights Extraordinaire

Louise Renne is a lawyer, former Supervisor and one-time City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, California. 
She is a graduate of both Michigan State University and Columbia Law School (1961).
Ms. Renne was appointed Supervisor by Mayor Dianne Feinstein in 1978. She acted as member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for 8 years from 1978 to 1986, where she was chair of the Finance Committee.

She was then appointed by Feinstein as City Attorney in 1986 and became the first female City Attorney in San Francisco history. She served in the position until 2001. In this role, she argued on behalf of the state before the California and United States Supreme Courts.

She had her own private practice for 2 years and was a staff attorney in the general counsel’s office at the Federal Communications Commission for 3 years.

Ms. Renne served as General Counsel for the San Francisco Unified School District where she led the effort to combat corruption existing at the time and establish a legal department.

She also served as City Attorney for the City of Richmond.

She currently works at  Renne Sloan Holtzman & Sakai LLP in San Francisco, which is a public law firm.
She was a founder and former California Women Lawyers President from 1977-1978.

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