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Laura Coates is a CNN legal analyst. She is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Follow her @thelauracoates. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)It's been more than 20 years since the late Janet Reno led the Department of Justice. Since becoming the first woman to serve as attorney general of the United States, our nation has seen its fair share of significant firsts, not the least of which is the Democratic nomination of Hillary Clinton to be the first female president of the United States. While I was undeniably inspired by Ms. Reno's career, I also can't help but reflect on the ironically small distance our nation has traveled since she was in office.