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A graduate of Emory University School of Law, Janet began her legal career in Atlanta, Georgia, where she practiced with Atlanta Legal Services Agency.

After moving to Boston in 1969, Janet began practicing law with Jerome Lyle Rappaport a partnership that continued until his death in 2021.  Janet served as the general counsel to New Boston Fund from its founding in 1983, until 2018 representing it and all its property-owning entities in all aspects of commercial real estate law. She also served as counsel to Charles River Park.

Janet is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, magna cum laude, where she served on the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees from 2006-2011.

She is a long-time member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) and has served on its Board from 2010 to 2018 and as its President from 2016 to 2018. In 2009, she received the MBF President’s Award.

Janet was a member of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee from 2016 through 2019. She also served on the Board of The Rashi School for 14 years, chairing its Building Committee during the design, financing and construction of its current facility, which opened in Dedham in 2010.

Janet is a founding member of the Miriam Fund, a philanthropic community committed to creating an equitable world that expands opportunities for women and girls, and now sits on its Executive Committee.