Deanell Reece Tacha
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
January 1, 2001 – January 24, 2008
|Preceded by||Stephanie Seymour|
|Succeeded by||Robert Henry|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit|
December 16, 1985 – January 27, 2011
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Seat established|
|Succeeded by||Nancy Moritz|
January 26, 1946 |
Goodland, Kansas, United States
|Alma mater||University of Kansas (B.A.)
University of Michigan (J.D.)
Deanell Reece Tacha (born January 26, 1946) is a retired United States federal judge who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was the Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law from 2011-2016.
Born in Goodland, Kansas, Tacha received a B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1968 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971. She was a White House Fellow, special assistant to the Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor from 1971-72. She was in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Concordia, Kansas from 1973-74. 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 1974-85.
On October 31, 1985, Tacha was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a new seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit created by 98 Stat. 333. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 16, 1985, and received her commission the same day. She served as Chief Judge of the Circuit from 2001–08, and was succeeded by Robert Harlan Henry. She also served as a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1994-98.
In 2008, Tacha received the 26th Annual Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award from the American Judicature Society. Tacha took senior status on January 27, 2011. On February 10, 2011, Tacha was named Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law. She retired from the bench on June 1, 2011, to begin her position as Dean of Pepperdine's law school. She retired as Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law on December 31, 2016. She serves as chair of the executive committee of the University of Kansas Endowment.
- "Distinguished U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Named Dean of Pepperdine University School of Law", Reuters. February 10, 2011. Accessed June 16, 2011
- Dean Deanell R. Tacha to Retire on December 31, 2016, Pepperdine University, April 26, 2016.
- "Board of Trustees". KU Endowment. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
- Deanell Reece Tacha profile, fjc.gov; accessed June 8, 2017.
|New seat||Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
|Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law