Deanell Reece Tacha

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Deanell Reece Tacha
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
January 27, 2011 – June 1, 2011
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 24, 2008
Preceded by Stephanie Kulp Seymour
Succeeded by Robert Harlan Henry
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
December 16, 1985 – January 27, 2011
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by Nancy Moritz
Personal details
Born (1946-01-26) January 26, 1946 (age 72)
Goodland, Kansas
Education University of Kansas (B.A.)
University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Deanell Reece Tacha (born January 26, 1946) is a retired United States Circuit Judge who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was the Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law from 2011 to 2016.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Goodland, Kansas, Tacha received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1968 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971. She was a White House Fellow and special assistant to the Secretary of Labor at the United States Department of Labor from 1971 to 1972. She was in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Concordia, Kansas from 1973 to 1974. She then served as Director of the Douglas County Legal Aid Clinic in Lawrence, Kansas until 1977. She was also on the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Law from 1974 to 1985.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On October 31, 1985, Tacha was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit created by 98 Stat. 333. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1985, and received her commission the same day. She served as Chief Judge of the Circuit from 2001 to 2008, and was succeeded by Judge Robert Harlan Henry. She also served as a member of the United States Sentencing Commission from 1994 to 1998. Tacha took senior status on January 27, 2011. She retired completely on June 1, 2011.[1]

Post judicial service[edit]

In 2008, Tacha received the 26th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award from the American Judicature Society. On February 10, 2011, Tacha was named Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law, taking up that post after retiring from the federal bench on June 1, 2011.[2] She retired as Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law on December 31, 2016.[3] She serves as chair of the executive committee of the University of Kansas Endowment.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tacha, Deanell Reece - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  2. ^ "Distinguished U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Named Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law", Reuters. February 10, 2011. Accessed June 16, 2011
  3. ^ Dean Deanell R. Tacha to Retire on December 31, 2016, Pepperdine University, April 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Board of Trustees". KU Endowment. Retrieved March 10, 2017.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 98 Stat. 333
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1985–2011
Succeeded by
Nancy Moritz
Preceded by
Stephanie Kulp Seymour
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
2001–2008
Succeeded by
Robert Harlan Henry
Academic offices
Preceded by
Ken Starr
Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law
2011–2016
Succeeded by
Paul L. Caron