Clarine (Nardi) Riddle
Clarine (Nardi) Riddle was born in the small Indiana town of Clinton on April 4, 1949. She graduate from Clinton High School in 1967 and enrolled at Indiana University. Majoring in math, she received the Herman B Wells Award for Outstanding Senior Student. She received her A.B. degree in 1971 and immediately enrolled at the I.U. law school. While in law school she served as Senior Editor of the interdisciplinary law journal Iustitia; coordinator of the Women’s Law Caucus; the sole student member of the IU Campus Planning Committee; and was a founding member and Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Student Legal Services. Riddle received her J.D. degree in 1974.
After graduation, Riddle became a staff attorney with the Indiana Legislative Service Agency (1974-78). In 1979, she was hired as Assistant Counsel to the Senate Majority of the Connecticut General Assembly. From 1980 to 1983, she served as Deputy Corporate Counsel for the City of New Haven. In 1983, she became Staff Counsel to the Connecticut Attorney General and in 1986 became Deputy Attorney General. In 1989, she became the first woman, and the youngest person, to hold the position of Connecticut Attorney General. In 1991, Riddle was appointed Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut. Since 1993, Riddle has held numerous positions in both government and the private sector including Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Multi Housing Council. In 2013, she joined the D.C. offices of Kasowtiz Benson Torres where she chairs the firms Government Affairs and Strategic Counsel Practice Group.
Riddle has received numerous honors including the Connecticut History Maker award (1989), Woman of the Year Award from the Greater Hartford Federation of Business & Professional Women (1990), and the Annual Award for Contributions to Women and the Law in Connecticut (1993). Additionally she was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Saint Joseph College in 1991. She has had a close relationship with the law school, as both a member of the Alumni Association and through a dozen years of service on the Board of Visitors. Clarine Nardi Riddle was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1999.
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